Bachelet takes the first round, but will have to go into a run-off against Matthei.
Persecuted under Pinochet, educated in East Germany, and the first female president of Chile — Bachelet has led a remarkable path to the UN. Her mandate as the body's Human Rights Commissioner began Saturday.
Chile's most famous folk singer, Victor Jara, was shot 44 times and his hands broken by rifle butts just days after a military coup. Some 45 years later, those responsible for his death have been convicted.
Conservative Sebastian Pinera has won the first round of Chile's presidential election. He'll now meet his main socialist rival Alejando Guillier in next month's runoff.
Recent years saw an upswing in female leaders in the Americas, but the region seems set to return to macho culture after Chile's upcoming election. When Michele Bachelet leaves office, will others fill the void?
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