Conservative Chile gets it’s first woman president


by SajiniW
31st January, 2006 at 10:14 am    

Michelle Bachelet has become Chile’s first democratically-elected woman president, taking 53.5% of all votes polled. In an unprecedented step for a nation so devout, the ex-paediatrician with the liberal views was hailed as a breath of fresh air amidst the macho posturing South America is famous for. After all, divorce was only legalised in 2004, under the outgoing parliament.

The election is the fourth since Chile returned to democracy in 1990 after 17 years of military rule.

Outgoing President Ricardo Lagos hailed the election of Chile’s first woman leader as a “historic triumph”.

Her rival, conservative businessman Sebastian Pinera, was quick to congratulate her, paying homage to “all those millions and millions of women who with much strength and tenacity have finally achieved the place and the situation they deserve in our society”.

As part of her opening speech, the left-wing lady called upon the entire country to work together to solve its problems. She repeated her promise to bring more jobs and social justice to Chile, remaining keen to bridge the gap between rich and poor and to give a greater voice to women and indigenous people. The outlook and implications of her election are examined more closelyhere.

Ms Bachelet is due to take office on the eleventh of March. The very best of luck to her from the team at Pickled Politics; may there be more competent leaders, of whatever shape, gender or form in the future.


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  1. sonia — on 31st January, 2006 at 11:07 am  

    Great news.

  2. El Cid — on 31st January, 2006 at 1:18 pm  

    macho posturing South America is famous for
    Conservative Chile

    Good grief, give Latins a break and desist from such hackneyed labelling, unless you really think Chile and South America are worth singling out compared to other global cultures, mention no names (*cough, mslm*)

  3. Sunny — on 31st January, 2006 at 2:15 pm  

    The whole of Latin America is moving to the left, as I said in my earlier post about Evo Morales. Now it remains to be seen what kind of policies she implements and the kind of friends she makes.

  4. Vikrant — on 31st January, 2006 at 2:24 pm  

    Aww… (shrugs) Whole world’s turing pink…

    Neo-con Vikrant

  5. Rohin — on 31st January, 2006 at 2:31 pm  

    Vikrant, who knows, it may become a nicer place. I can’t believe you call yourself a neocon. Right wing is one thing, neocon is another. Unless you’re being funny.

    S. America’s shift to the left is a direct reaction to America’s shift to the right.

    And don’t forget, hot pink is the new black. I remember saying I own 2 pink shirts on here ages ago. I now have 2 pink T-shirts as well!

  6. Vikrant — on 31st January, 2006 at 2:31 pm  

    Unless you’re being funny.

    Ofcourse

  7. Sunny — on 31st January, 2006 at 3:43 pm  

    I’m gonna get a t-shirt just to annoy Vikrant –

    “Pinko and proud of it.”

  8. Rohin — on 31st January, 2006 at 3:54 pm  

    Make sure it’s pink Sunny

  9. Vikrant — on 1st February, 2006 at 12:44 pm  

    Pink T-Shirts! How gay….

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