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DutchLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 06:30 PM
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Billionaire Pinera wins Chile presidential election
From the BBC:

Conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera has won Chile's presidential run-off, ending two decades of centre-left rule.

Social Democrat Eduardo Frei conceded defeat after results from 60% of polling stations showed Mr Pinera with 52% of the vote to Mr Frei's 48%.

(snip)

Mr Pinera, 60, made his fortune introducing credit cards to Chile.

He now owns a television channel, a stake in Chile's most successful football club and has millions of dollars in investments.


More: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8464136.stm

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Reads like a second Berlusconi to me. Why? Will people *ever* learn?
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Downwinder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 06:43 PM
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1. Strong resemblance.
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DutchLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 09:22 AM
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2. Didn't expect him to win with President Bachelet backing Frei...
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ChangoLoa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 09:45 AM
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3. After an incredibly populist campaign
and 20 years of Concertacion, the polls always favored him.

There's one possible positive outcome from this result: maybe Chile will finally have a leftist party again, after 35 years of absence. The alliance between Demo-christians and socialists couldn't last forever anyway. Omi knew that would be the result when he ran as a candidate.
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Braulio Donating Member (860 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 02:25 PM
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4. So Chileans voted for a right winger after all
And democracy worked. I wonder, what will happen in Argentina when the Kirchner-Fernandez era ends?
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