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Chile’s leader ends first year with mixed results

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on March 11, 2011

by Eva Vergara for The Washington Post, March 10th, 2011.

In the year since Sebastian Pinera assumed Chile’s presidency, he has basked in global praise for bringing Chile back from a disastrous earthquake and leading the remarkable rescue of 33 miners stuck deep underground. Chile’s economy is booming and jobs are returning.

Yet, all is not well for the billionaire businessman who next week welcomes Barack Obama on only the third bilateral visit of a U.S. president to this South American country in 50 years.

For better and for worse, with his impulsive character, taste for calculated risks and a leadership style befitting a tychoon accustomed to fast results, Pinera is transforming Chilean politics after two decades of center-left governments. (continue reading… )

 

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