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Marriage a consideration in Chilean presidential election

Timothy Kincaid

July 5th, 2013

In Chile, a president can serve more than once, but not consecutive terms. Former President Michelle Bachelet (2006 – 2010) appears, at present, to be the likeliest winner of this year’s contest. (The Economist)

She ended her presidency in 2010 with a sky-high approval rating of 84%. Barring an upset, Michelle Bachelet looks set to return for a second term next year with her popularity undiminished. On June 30th she comfortably won a primary election in the Concertación, Chile’s centre-left coalition, taking 73% of the vote. Little seems to stand between her and victory in November’s election. She would be the first president in 81 years to win a second term (consecutive terms are not allowed).

Ms Bachelet also promises a more liberal approach to social affairs. She says she wants to legalise gay marriage and allow abortion in some limited circumstances (Chile is among the handful of Latin American countries that ban abortion outright, even when the mother’s life is in danger).

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