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Chile

Date: 15 January 2006 (run-off)
What was elected: President
Term: 4 years
New president:Michelle Bachelet

Situation: Centre-left candidate Michelle Bachelet beat conservative businessman Sebastian Pinera in a second round of voting to become Chile's first woman president.

A single parent, Ms Bachelet is a surprising choice for a country usually regarded as being one of the most socially conservative in the region.

Ms Bachelet - a member of the governing Concertacion coalition - is likely to continue the pro-free market policies of Chile's economy, generally viewed as the most successful in the region.

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