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 closely
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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