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Bachelet's quick Chile quake response helps her reform campaign

By Alexandra Ulmer SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's efficient response to this week's earthquake is a far cry from her handling of a massive quake that hit four years ago, a turnaround that analysts and citizens say has put her and her reform drive in a stronger political position.

Chileans split on whether Bachelet can clinch social reforms

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chileans are split on whether center-left president Michelle Bachelet will deliver on her three flagship proposals for tax, education and constitutional reforms, a poll showed on Thursday. Bachelet took office last month, vowing to tackle the Andean country's steep income inequality by hiking corporate taxes, "working towards" free education and shredding the dictatorship-era constitution.

Bachelet proposes tax reforms in Chile

President Michelle Bachelet sent Chile's Congress a bill Monday that would raise corporate taxes to fund a sweeping overhaul of the country's education system. The proposed reform aims to raise $8.2 billion to fund tuition-free public universities, a demand that fueled massive student protests under Bachelet's conservative predecessor Sebastian Pinera. Bachelet, a socialist who took office on March 11 for her second, non-consecutive term, said it was "the beginning of one of our government's most important reforms, along with education reform and a new constitution."

Protesters in Chile keep heat on Bachelet to make good on reforms

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of protesters marched in Chile on Saturday to press center-left President Michelle Bachelet to follow through with ambitious reforms she pledged before assuming power less than two weeks ago. The protest in downtown Santiago, dubbed "the march of all marches," was the first of Bachelet's new term and the biggest political demonstration in the world's top copper exporter since massive student protests in 2011.

Protesters in Chile keep heat on Bachelet to make good on reforms

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of protesters marched in Chile on Saturday to press center-left President Michelle Bachelet to follow through with the ambitious reforms she pledged before assuming power less than two weeks ago. The protest in downtown Santiago, dubbed "the march of all marches," was the first of Bachelet's new term and the biggest political demonstration in the world's top copper exporter since massive student protests in 2011.

New Chile government hit with resignations

Chile President Michelle Bachelet's new government suffered an embarrassing setback Wednesday when four governors resigned under fire less than a week after taking office. The provincial governors, all appointed by Bachelet's administration, were hit by a wave of criticism after questionable aspects of their past came light. "Today the standards being applied are much more rigorous than in the past and that seems positive to us," said government spokesman Alvaro Elizalde, confirming their resignations.

Chile's Bachelet moves swiftly on social change agenda

Chile's new socialist President Michelle Bachelet moved swiftly Wednesday on promises to tackle inequality, submitting a bill to provide grants to poor families one day after taking office for a second time. The bill would institute twice-a-year $80 payments to help poor families with seasonal expenses like back-to-school supplies or heating in winter. Bachelet, who was sworn in Tuesday for a second four-year term as president, said the initiative was part of a bid to recenter social policy on "the rights of citizens."

Chile's Bachelet moves swiftly on social change agenda

Chile's new socialist President Michelle Bachelet moved swiftly Wednesday on promises to tackle inequality, submitting a bill to provide grants to poor families one day after taking office for a second time. The bill would institute twice-a-year $80 payments to help poor families with seasonal expenses like back-to-school supplies or heating in winter. Bachelet, who was sworn in Tuesday for a second four-year term as president, said the initiative was part of a bid to recenter social policy on "the rights of citizens."

Bachelet sworn in as Chile's president

Socialist Michelle Bachelet took the oath of office as president of Chile Tuesday, returning to power after four years with a reform agenda to reduce social disparities in this prosperous South American country. "Yes, I promise," she said as she was sworn in by the new Senate president, Isabel Allende, in a solemn ceremony at Chile's Congress. pa/jm/sst

Bachelet in first address as president: Inequality is Chile's one great enemy

Santiago, Mar 11 (EFE).- "Chile has just one great adversary. It's called inequality and only together can we defeat it," Michelle Bachelet proclaimed Tuesday in her first speech as Chile's newly inaugurated president. Bachelet, who was the candidate of the center-left New Majority alliance, delivered her address from a balcony at La Moneda palace accompanied by her mother, Angela Jeria.
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