Chile's Bachelet wins presidential primary

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 30, 2013 at 10:08 pm •  Published: June 30, 2013
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"If in just two months we won the primaries, in five months, we'll win the presidential elections," Longueira said.

He seeks to follow in President Sebastian Pinera's footsteps.

Pinera, a billionaire and former airline magnate, has overseen a period high economic growth with low unemployment and inflation rates. But he has been troubled by widespread protests.

Chile, the world's largest copper producer, is respected for its fast-growing economy and stable institutions. But it also has the worst inequality rate among the 34 countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

The next president will have to tackle growing social demands and protests demanding a better distribution of Chile's copper wealth, the preservation of the environment and free education.

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Associated Press writer Luis Andres Henao reported from Santiago, Chile. Eva Vergara contributed to this report.

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Luis Andres Henao on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LuisAndresHenao

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