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Chile's president-elect promises to stand by her election mandate


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Chile's president-elect promises to stand by her election mandate

Chile’s president-elect Michelle Bachelet has repeated her promises of tax and education reforms, one day after she swept back to power.

In her first news conference she said she will deliver on her pledge to address the divide between rich and poor and that her new cabinet will be announced next month.

“One of the most important things is having an education minister,” she said. “Firstly the person has to be excited about the education reforms we want to carry out which I think clearly respond to the desires and dreams the students have and have had all these years.”

Bachelet has already begun handover talks with outgoing President Sebastian Pinera.

As well as having an ambitious spending programme, she must somehow reconcile her wide raging social reforms with her aim of reducing the fiscal deficit from one percent of GDP to zero by 2018.

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