Centre-left candidate Michelle Bachelet has proved to be a popular election candidate, and is widely expected to become Chile’s first female president.
Her opponent is one of Chile’s richest men. Fifty six year old Sebastian Pinera has promised to create a million jobs and put 12,000 more police on the streets. This is the fourth presidential election in the country since 1990, when 17 years of military rule came to an end. It comes at a time when Chile is enjoing a time of relative economic prosperity and stability, thanks to record high prices for one of its major exports, copper. The poverty rate has been cut by half since 1990.