Bachelet wins Chilean presidency
With 90% of the votes counted, Bachelet had an unbeatable 62% to 38% for the centre-right’s Evelyn Matthei, who conceded defeat.
A moderate socialist, Bachelet served as president in 2006-2010, then ran the United Nation’s women’s agency from New York as her successor, conservative Sebastian Pinera, was confronted with widespread demonstrations for change.
She has a new centre-left coalition and promises to finance education with higher corporate taxes, reduce the wealth gap, protect the environment and reform the constitution.
But concerns that turnout would be low had worried Bachelet, who needed a strong mandate to make good on her promises.
“This is an important day and I hope people can come and participate and through their vote give a clear expression of the kind of Chile where they want to continue to live,” Bachelet said after voting in her Santiago neighborhood of La Reina. “The changes we need can’t be produced through skepticism.”
Bachelet, 62, left office with 84% approval ratings despite failing to achieve any major changes.
This time, activists are vowing to hold her to promises to raise corporate taxes to help fund an education overhaul and even change the dictatorship-era constitution, a difficult goal given congressional opposition.
Bachelet was born in Santiago, and spent many of her childhood years traveling around her native Chile, moving with her family from one military base to another. She lived and attended primary school in Quintero, Cerro Moreno, Antofagasta and San Bernardo. In 1962 she moved with her family to the United States, where her father was assigned to the military mission at the Chilean Embassy in Washington, DC, USA.
In April 2010, Bachelet inaugurated her own think-tank, “Fundación Dialoga”. Its headquarters are located in Providencia, a suburb of Santiago.
Bachelet is a member of the Club of Madrid, the world’s largest forum of former heads of state and government.
On 14 September 2010, Bachelet was appointed as head of the newly created United Nations body UN Women by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. She took office on 19 September 2010. On 15 March 2013 she announced her resignation.
a lady with a very interesting past including a military upbringing..now a member of the club of madrid..and a UN employee..