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New urban development planned for Valparaiso after devastating fire

Santiago, Apr 15 (EFE).- Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said Tuesday that she will order a master plan prepared to reorganize Valparaiso's urban design after the port city was devastated by a fire that left at least 15 people dead and 2,500 homes destroyed. "What we'll do now is create a master plan to imagine the city in the best and worthiest way possible, with the understanding that Valparaiso has its own identity," the president said in an interview with Radio Cooperativa.

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."

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, said it was "the beginning of one of our government's most important reforms, along with education reform and a new constitution."

Chile's Bachelet pushes ahead with tax hikes despite investment risk

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - President Michelle Bachelet on Monday announced a tax overhaul including higher corporate taxes, saying the changes would help Chile make progress in addressing inequality without hurting growth, despite worries about the impact on an already cooling investment climate.

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. Bachelet, a socialist who took office on March 11, 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.

Gloomier economy won't curb Chile reform plans: Bachelet

By Rosalba O'Brien SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's new center-left president Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday she will forge ahead with ambitious reform plans to combat steep income inequality despite an economic slowdown that is deepening. With growth slowing to a near four-year low and prices for top export copper tumbling to 44-month lows, some had speculated she may tone down her program, which is expected to begin with tax reform, including a corporate tax hike.
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