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Pinochet torture victim elected Chile president

[JURIST] Voters in Chile [JURIST news archive] elected Michelle Bachelet [BBC profile; campaign website] as president with 56 percent of the vote in a runoff election Sunday. Bachelet and her parents were imprisoned and tortured in 1973 under the regime of Gen. Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive; BBC backgrounder], after her father, an air force general, opposed the coup which brought Pinochet to power. Bachelet, a pediatrician and member of the Socialist Party [party website, in Spanish], is seen as a symbol of reconciliation in the country and in her victory speech, she said that she has dedicated her life to understanding and tolerance. Bachelet is now the third woman to be elected president of a Latin American country. She will be inaugurated on March 11. AP has more. From Santiago, La Nacion has local coverage.

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