Campaigning wound down in Chile while election fever heated up in Honduras, where voters will cast ballots in Nov. 24 general elections. Michelle Bachelet, a moderate Socialist who was Chile's first female president from 2006 to 2010, beat nine candidates in Sunday's vote but without the majority that would have handed her the presidency. However, she is widely expected to win a Dec. 15 runoff over her childhood friend, Evelyn Matthei. In Honduras, a country with one of the world's highest per capita homicide rates, candidates running for the presidency in elections this Sunday have been promising to control violence in this failing state. And in Argentina, President Cristina Fernandez remade her Cabinet this week after six weeks of rest following head surgery. Her appointments suggest she'll tighten her grip on the economy, which is suffering high inflation and dwindling foreign reserves.
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