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2005-12-11 18:42:40

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Socialist Michelle Bachelet saw her lead strengthen in Chile's presidential elections on Sunday to 45.68 percent of the vote, based on a count of more than half of returns. Bachelet, who will become Chile's first woman president if she wins, did not look likely to grab the more than 50 percent of the vote needed to avoid a run-off in January against the second place contender. The tally by the government Electoral Service showed rightist candidate...

2005-12-11 15:15:58

By Fiona Ortiz SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - A socialist who was tortured and exiled under Chile's military dictatorship moved a step closer to becoming the country's first woman leader as voters in Latin America's star economy cast ballots on Sunday. Polls show front-runner Michelle Bachelet is likely to become the fourth consecutive president from the center-left coalition that has been in power since the end in 1990 of Augusto Pinochet's 17-year regime. But Bachelet, who won...

2005-12-10 22:26:05

By Fiona Ortiz SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Chileans vote on Sunday in presidential and congressional elections that are expected to propel a woman into the presidency for the first time and hand the center-left coalition a fourth term to lead Latin America's star economy. Front-runner Michelle Bachelet, a socialist who was tortured during the country's military dictatorship, is expected to continue the successful mix of free-market economics and leftist social reforms of popular...

2005-12-08 10:23:53

By Antonio de la Jara SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - A poll three days ahead of Chile's presidential elections showed front-runner Michelle Bachelet maintaining a firm lead in the race, but not enough to win in a first round with more than 50 percent. A survey by the Center of Contemporary Reality Studies, or CERC, released on Thursday showed Bachelet, of the ruling center-left coalition, with 41 percent support, down slightly from 42 percent in October. Bachelet, a former defense...

2005-12-07 12:36:25

By Fiona Ortiz SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Chile will choose on Sunday between a candidate who could be the first woman president for Latin America's star economy, and two hopefuls from the right-wing that has been out of power since 1990. Michelle Bachelet, who was imprisoned and tortured under the 1973-1990 Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, leads polls. But the Socialist Party candidate could fall short of 50 percent of votes and head to a January run-off that will likely be a tight...

2005-12-02 15:49:39

By Pav Jordan SAN ANTONIO, Chile (Reuters) - Along the waterfront in Chile's huge port of San Antonio, unemployed fishermen and dock workers say they've been left out of the good times in Latin America's star economy and want a change in government in this year's election. Front-running candidate Michelle Bachelet and her center-left coalition, which has run Chile since 1990, are banking on the strength of the economy to help them stay in power for a fourth term in December 11...

2005-12-01 14:58:34

By Rodrigo Martinez SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Just over a week before Chile's presidential election, front-runner Michelle Bachelet's lead has narrowed and polls published on Thursday showed she faces a stronger than expected challenge from the right. The survey by opinion poll and market study group IPSOS said Bachelet had 39 percent support ahead of the December 11 vote, almost 10 percentage points lower than in the previous IPSOS poll in September. The result matched a poll...

2005-11-26 12:06:05

By Fiona Ortiz SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Socialist Michelle Bachelet is sure she will become Chile's first woman president but she said on Saturday it was unlikely she will win in the first round next month. Polls show Bachelet, 53, from the center-left coalition that has run Chile for 15 years, will probably not get more than 50 percent of the vote on December 11, but will comfortably triumph in a two-way run-off in January. "I know I'm going to win this election ... but I know...

2005-10-20 12:37:52

By Fiona Ortiz SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Despite a subdued performance in a major televised debate, Socialist Michelle Bachelet stayed well ahead in the presidential race, polls and analysts said. Bachelet, a former health minister and defense minister, is polling at about 47 percent ahead of December 11 elections. If she wins, Bachelet would be Chile's first woman president and the fourth consecutive leader from the center-left coalition that has run Chile since Augusto Pinochet's...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.