Sunday, 21 July 2013

Chile: Military childhoods of presidential candidates

There are bound to be plenty of comparisons of the similar-yet-different backgrounds of the two presidential candidates in Chile, Michelle Bachelet and Evelyn Matthei.

Bachelet, who of course we know from her previous term, is the daughter of Air Force Brigadier General Alberto Bachelet Martínez. He was loyal to Salvador Allende, was imprisoned following the coup and died in 1974 of heart problems caused by torture.

Labour minister and UDI candidate Matthei is the daughter of Air Force General Fernando Matthei Aubel, who was part of the military junta from 1977 to 1990.

The two have reportedly known each since childhood.

Chile Labour Minister Evelyn Matthei to run for president (BBC)
Weakened Chilean conservatives pick woman to take on Bachelet (Reuters)
Nueve hechos que han marcado la carrera política de Evelyn Matthei (La Tercera)

Edited to add that Otto got there first on this one. 

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