Socialist Bachelet Is New President of Chile

By: PanAm Post Staff - Dec 15, 2013, 6:49 pm

EspañolWith 93 percent of the polling stations now counted, Michelle Bachelet has won Chile’s runoff presidential election, and comfortably so. So far, she has received 62.26 percent of the votes, versus Evelyn Matthei’s 37.73 percent.

Matthei accepted the results and acknowledged Bachelet’s victory before the counting was finalized. In a press conference, she said, “I’m going to call [Bachelet] to congratulate her and wish her the best of success in her administration. I truly wish her well, no one that loves Chile could wish her the opposite.”

Carlos Larraín, president of the opposition National Renovation Party, asserted that alternation in politics is “by itself a good thing, I’m a believer in the principle of switching turns.” On the other hand, Senator Alberto Espina said the party suffers from a communication problem, since they failed to promote “the accomplishments in President Piñera’s administration, which had a good performance, but probably had one of the worst communications strategies, and this should be a self-examination opportunity for everybody.”

The celebrations started in the Alameda, in front of the University of Chile, and a speech by Bachelet is anticipated soon.

Source: La Nación.