Chile: President Bachelet casts vote in election to choose her successor

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet cast her ballot in Santiago on Sunday as the nation voted in a presidential election to choose her successor. After greeting polling commissioners and casting her vote, Bachelet issued a call for citizens to head to the polls instead of abstaining. Her words follow analysts' predictions that the voter abstention rate could reach 40 percent. Bachelet had... Еще previously been president between 2006 and 2010, and is forbidden from running in this election by term limits. Eight candidates are standing in the election, with conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera, leader of the Chile Vamos bloc and already president between 2010 and 2014, seen as most likely to win. Alejandro Guillier, a former TV anchor, is running as an independent candidate with the backing of Bachelet’s centre-left Nueva Mayoria coalition. Opinion polls have him leading the race for second place. No candidate is expected to gain the necessary majority in the first round, making a runoff likely. In addition to a new president, voters were called to elect all 155 members of the lower house and half of the Senate.

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