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Chile's Bachelet returns to office in landslide victory

Monday, December 16, 2013 - 01:36

Dec. 15 - Chileans vote to bring their former president, Michelle Bachelet, back to La Moneda presidential palace for a fresh four-year term. Nathan Frandino reports.

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In front of thousands of screaming Chileans, former President Michelle Bachelet is now President-Elect Bachelet. Chileans on Sunday voted to send the center-leftist back to office with a landslide victory. SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MICHELLE BACHELET, WINNING PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, SAYING: "The victory in this round isn't personal. It's a collective dream that triumphs. It's your voices that we heard throughout all of Chile during these months that are winning. It's the voice of the citizens who have marched in the streets for years expressing their demands with courage and who have set ambitions and a path for our country." Bachelet defeated conservative candidate Evelyn Matthei with 62 percent of the vote, the highest of any candidate since Chile returned to democratic elections in 1989. Matthei was part of the ruling Alianza coalition. She captured just 38 percent of the vote, the right's worst performance in two decades. Bachelet, who led Chile between 2006 and 2010 as its first female leader, has promised a number of new initiatives. One includes raising corporate taxes to pay for social reforms such as free higher education. During her acceptance speech, she told supporters she looks forward to leading once again. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MICHELLE BACHELET, WINNING PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, SAYING: "I am proud to be your president-elect today. I am proud of the country we've built. But I am even more proud of the country we will build." Bachelet will take office in March.

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Chile's Bachelet returns to office in landslide victory

Monday, December 16, 2013 - 01:36