Bachelet outlines Chile's reform-filled future

Bachelet outlines Chile's reform-filled future

WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) --Newly re-elected Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is eager to tackle her country's income inequality, with educational and tax reforms at the top of the agenda
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Fast-spreading fire in Valparaiso, Chile, kills 12 people, forces 10,000 to evacuate

VALPARAISO, Chile, April 14 (UPI) -- A fire in the hills of Valparaiso, Chile, left 12 people dead and 500 families homeless Saturday and Sunday.
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Biden hails U.S.-Chile relations as long and deep

SANTIAGO, Chile, March 10 (UPI) -- The Southern Hemisphere is becoming increasingly important to global export and quickly becoming an energy center, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Monday.

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Chile's Bachelet faces big challenges on taxation, education reform

Chile's Bachelet faces big challenges on taxation, education reform

SANTIAGO, Chile, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Michelle Bachelet, re-elected to a second term as Chilean president, faces major challenges seen likely to bring her into conflict with an entrenched and influential rich minority and businesses fearful of tax hikes.
Former president Michelle Bachelet wins Chile's presidential run-off

Former president Michelle Bachelet wins Chile's presidential run-off

Dec. 16 (UPI) --Socialist Michelle Bachelet, Chile's president from 2006 to 2010, is president again after winning the presidential run-off on Sunday.
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SANTIAGO, Chile, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Socialist Michelle Bachelet reclaimed the presidency of Chile Sunday, winning a runoff handily over Evelyn Matthei, election results showed.

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SANTIAGO, Chile, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Chileans were heading to the polls Sunday to cast their votes in a presidential runoff, officials said.

Chilean presidential vote begins with runoff a possibility

SANTIAGO, Chile, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Voting in Chile's presidential race took place Sunday with the final opinion polls indicating a runoff next month was likely.

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SANTIAGO, Chile, March 29 (UPI) -- Chilean President Sebastian Pinera pushed legislation in congress for a cash handout to 7 million poor seen by analysts as his center-right coalition's bid to counteract "the Bachelet effect."

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Bachelet to seek another term as president

Bachelet to seek another term as president

SANTIAGO, Chile, March 28 (UPI) -- Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet says she plans to run again for her country's highest office.

Michelle Bachelet leaving U.N. post

UNITED NATIONS, March 16 (UPI) -- Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announced Friday she is giving up her post as executive director of U.N. Women.
At least one dead in Egyptian protests

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CAIRO, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Protesters threw rocks and Molotov cocktails Friday in another round of demonstrations against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.
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Michelle Bachelet
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) hands a satellite phone to President of Chile Michelle Bachelet after Clinton arrived in Santiago on March 2, 2010. Sec. Clinton stopped in Chile to offer communications equipment and U.S. aid after an 8.8 magnitude earthquake devastated the country on February 27. UPI/Ivan Lepe

Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria (Spanish pronunciation: ; born September 29, 1951) is a moderate socialist politician who was President of Chile from 11 March 2006 to 11 March 2010—the first woman president in the country's history. She won the 2006 presidential election in a runoff, beating center-right businessman and former senator Sebastián Piñera (who eventually succeeded Bachelet as President) with 53.5% of the vote. She campaigned on a platform of continuing Chile's free-market policies, while increasing social benefits to help reduce the gap between rich and poor.

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 describes herself as an agnostic. As well as her native Spanish, she speaks English, German, Portuguese and French.

Bachelet is the second child of archaeologist Ángela Jeria Gómez and Air Force Brigadier General Alberto Bachelet Martínez. Her paternal great-great-grandfather, Louis-Joseph Bachelet Lapierre, was a French wine merchant from Chassagne-Montrachet who emigrated to Chile with his Parisian wife, Françoise Jeanne Beault, in 1860 hired as a wine-making expert by the Subercaseaux vineyards in southern Santiago. Bachelet Lapierre's son, Germán—Michelle Bachelet's great-grandfather—was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1862, and married in 1891 to Luisa Brandt Cadot, a Chilean of French-Swiss origin, giving birth in 1894 to Michelle Bachelet's grandfather Alberto Bachelet Brandt. Her maternal great-grandfather, Máximo Jeria Chacón, of alleged Greek heritage, was the first person to receive a degree in agronomic engineering in Chile and founded several agronomy schools in the country. He married Lely Johnson, the daughter of an English physician working in Chile. Their son, Máximo Jeria Johnson, married Angela Gómez Zamora. Their union produced five children, the fourth of whom became Michelle Bachelet's mother.

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