Monday, December 16, 2013

Chile: Former President Michelle Bachelet, 62, Wins 62% of Vote, Throttling Conservative Candidate

According to The Latin American Tribune, Socialist Michelle Bachelet, 62, won 62% of the vote, the most decisive victory in eight decades of Chilean elections; while the right-wing candidate, Evelyn Matthei, received only got 37% of the vote and conceded defeat in the worst performance for the right in two decades.

Bachelet regained Chile’s presidency on Sunday (December 15), easily beating her conservative rival Evelyn Matthei in the presidential runoff.

Bachelet won the most decisive victory in eight decades of Chilean elections; while Matthei only got 37% of the vote and conceded defeat in the worst performance for conservatives in two decades.

“It is clear at this point. She won. And we congratulate her. Later on, I will go speak with her personally,” Matthei told reporters.

COMMENT: Bachelet will take office on March 11, 2014, to succeed conservative billionaire President Sebastian Piñera for a term running through 2018.

Bachelet’s contest with Matthei marked the first time in Latin America that a presidential runoff was held between two women.

More than 13 million Chileans were eligible to vote Sunday, but this year’s race marked the first time that voting in a presidential election was voluntary in Chile. Early indications were that turnout was low.