Michelle Bachelet against dictator’s crony in Chilean elections

This video is an interview with a Chilean, tortured under dictator Pinochet.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Bachelet takes on Pinochet ally

Monday 01 July 2013

by Our Foreign Desk

Former president Michelle Bachelet will face rightwinger Pablo Longueira in November’s election after Chileans chose the two candidates in the presidential primaries on Sunday.

Ms Bachelet won 73 per cent of the votes and will lead the centre-left New Majority coalition.

Mr Longueira, who was close to former dictator General Augusto Pinochet, won the vote to lead the centre-right Alliance for Chile.

They will compete to follow in billionaire President Sebastian Pinera’s footsteps.

Ms Bachelet has spent the past two years heading the UN agency for women.

She has vowed to use a second term to fight Chile’s income inequality, change the Pinochet-era constitution and reform education.

“Today’s triumph is not the victory of one person, but of millions of Chileans,” she said after the results were announced.

“It’s a project where the voices of citizens are vital.

“It’s the triumph of the demand for education that is free, dignified and of quality for every child.”

Mr Longueira is one of the founding members of the conservative Independent Democratic Union that supported Pinochet’s dictatorship.

Current President Pinera has overseen economic growth but has provoked major protests over his addiction to privatised education, which were brutally put down by the police.

The next president will have to tackle growing demands for better distribution of Chile’s copper wealth, the preservation of the environment and free education.

Chile: Anti-abortion President Sebastian Pinera shocked campaigners today when he praised an 11-year-old girl for her “depth and maturity” after she said she wanted to give birth to a baby conceived when she was raped by her mother’s partner: here.

PRESIDENT Michelle Bachelet sent legislation to Chile’s Congress on Saturday proposing to allow some abortions in the socially conservative South American nation. Chile is among the few countries that ban abortion in all circumstances: here.

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