The Chilean election aftermath

The scene at a voting site in Santiago's National Stadium. Photo by Rodrigo Lopez

The scene at a voting site in Santiago’s National Stadium. Photo by Rodrigo Lopez

It ain’t over yet, despite some predictions that former president Michelle Bachelet would win a majority of votes in Sunday’s election.  The final tally gave her 46.67 percent, against Evelyn Matthei’s 25.01 percent, the rest spread among seven other candidates.

Just under 6.7 million Chileans voted, down from 6.9 million in the 2009 presidential election, and while this reflects the fact that voting is no longer obligatory the difference hardly suggests widespread voter apathy or cynicism.

So the air force generals’ daughters will face each other in a runoff election on December 15th.

Here’s a link to the BBC’s report on the vote: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-24977405

The Christian Science Monitor has this piece on the issues in the election: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2013/1116/Will-Chile-bring-back-former-President-Bachelet

Al Jazeera reports on continuing economic disparities in Chile, the greatest among any country in the 34-member Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD): http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/11/other-side-chile-economic-miracle-201311159282210130.html

And the Santiago Times reports on whether the Chilean Congress and Senate will go along with Bachelet’s proposals: http://santiagotimes.cl/chiles-parliamentary-elections-thorn-bachelets-side/

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