BACHELET WINS FIRST ROUND OF CHILE’S PRESIDENTIAL RACE

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SANTIAGO: Socialist Michelle Bachelet won a first round of Chile’s presidential race Sunday (Monday in Manila), with voters putting her on track to replace a conservative after a runoff next month. “We knew that it would be tough to win on the first round, we worked really hard, and we almost did it,” she told supporters. “We did win tonight, and we are going to work hard to win comfortably in December.” Bachelet, Chile’s first woman president who worked as the head of UN Women after her first term in office, is now eyeing a potential non-consecutive second term as leader of the South American nation with the highest per capita income. She was leading with 46.77 percent of the vote against conservative Evelyn Matthei, at 25.05 percent, with 89.99 percent of the votes tallied.

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