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Monday, January 16, 2006

Michelle Bachelet

From the Los Angeles Times:

Michelle Bachelet, a socialist who was jailed and went into exile during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, was elected the first female president of this South American nation Sunday in a vote that underscored the region's leftward drift.

The 54-year-old physician and single mother, who served as health and defense minister in the administration of outgoing President Ricardo Lagos, became the first elected female chief executive in Latin America whose rise to power was not linked to a powerful husband.

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2 Comments:

Blogger texasdiver said...

I'm not sure how Michelle Bachelet's election underscore's a "leftward drift"

Yes, she is from the Chilean socialist party, but so is the current Chilean president Ricardo Lagos. The Socialist Party in Chile is socialist in name only. On the political spectrum they are about the equivalent of a centrist Democrat in the US. More to the point, Bachelet leads a very broad coalition of parties that have now held office in Chile for 16 years. They are very centrist and free market oriented. Not at all "leftist" in the way that term is commonly understood such as Chavez in Venezuela.

Of course Bush probably thinks the Chileans are leftist because they didn't jump in to support his adventure in Iraq. Looks like they were the smart ones there too.

1/16/2006 10:43 AM  
Blogger La Ventanita said...

I don't think Bush thinks they are leftist, since Chile and the US did sign an FTA. However, I do think the media is biased and wants to portray her as "leftist" for those who are not aware. Chile is a socially conservative country, and as Texasdiver says, socialist there only means not from the right - which in Chile the right is Pinochet. I'm glad to see someone that can make the difference!

1/17/2006 6:18 PM  

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