Chile's embattled Bachelet put to test in local polls

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet takes part in celebrations for the 206th anniversary of the country's independence, in Santiago on September 19, 2016Chile’s opposition is leading with a razor-thin margin in local elections that could deal a disappointment to embattled President Michelle Bachelet by returning conservatives to power. Seen as a litmus test for her ruling center-left coalition one year before her term ends, with 95.79 percent of the vote counted, a conservative coalition Chile Vamos (Let’s go Chile) was leading with 38.53 percent against 37.07 percent for the ruling New Majority coalition. Opinion polls had given Bachelet’s center-left coalition a razor-thin lead before polls opened.

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