Michelle Bachelet

Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria (born September 29, 1951) is a center-left politician and the current President of Chile—the first woman to hold this position in the country's history. She won the 2006 presidential election in a runoff, beating center-right billionaire businessman and former senator Sebastián Piñera, with 53.5% of the vote. A moderate Socialist, she campaigned on a platform of continuing Chile's free market policies, while increasing social benefits to help reduce the country's gap between rich and poor, one of the largest in the world. She was inaugurated on March 11, 2006. Bachelet—a pediatrician and epidemiologist with studies in military strategy—served as Health Minister and Defense Minister under President Ricardo Lagos. She is a separated mother of three and a self-described agnostic. A polyglot, she speaks Spanish, English, German, Portuguese and French. In 2008, Forbes magazine ranked her as 25th in the list of the 100 most powerful women in the world (she was #27 in 2007, and #17 in 2006). In 2008, TIME magazine ranked her 15 on its list of the world's 100 most influential people. Bachelet was born in Santiago, the second child of archaeologist Ángela


  • Chile aims to end dictatorship-era election rules

    The Associated Press 23 hours ago
    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — President Michelle Bachelet is determined to make Chile's democracy more representative, and for the first time in a quarter century, there may be just enough votes in Congress to achieve it. Bachelet wants to end an ...
  • Chile leader to relocate Valparaiso fire victims

    The Associated Press 1 week ago
    Chile leader to relocate Valparaiso fire victims
    VALPARAISO, Chile (AP) — President Michelle Bachelet vowed Tuesday to reconstruct this once-beautiful port city according to a master plan that would prevent many of the 12,500 victims of devastating wildfires from rebuilding on hills that cannot be protected from ...
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    The Epoch Times 3 weeks ago
    From Epoch Times and The Associated Press1CHILE'S MAGNITUDE-8.2 QUAKE AFTERMATHAuthorities lifted tsunami warnings for Chile's coastline after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck near Iquique. Six people were crushed to death or suffered fatal heart attacks ...

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