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Proposals of top 2 candidates in Chile vote

Sunday - 11/17/2013, 10:04pm  ET

Posters of presidential candidates Evelyn Matthei, above, and Michelle Bachelet, below, hang from a light post in Santiago, Chile on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Chile will hold general elections on Nov. 17. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

JOHN MARSHALL
AP Basketball Writer

Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, the centrist candidate of the Socialist Party, finished far ahead in Sunday's presidential election, but didn't get enough votes to avoid a Dec. 15 runoff with conservative Evelyn Matthei, who finished second.

Here are some of the two candidates' main proposals:

BIG CHANGES: Bachelet proposes a $15 billion spending program, and has answered recent mass student protests by vowing to increase corporate taxes to partly pay for an education overhaul. She also wants to improve health care, legalize abortion in some cases, and launch a national debate on gay marriage.

STAY ON COURSE: Matthei says Chile's robust economy has thrived with fast growth and low unemployment during the current center-right presidency of Sebastian Pinera. She says Chile must continue Pinera's business-friendly policies, funding government programs with income from the country's improved economic growth, not by raising taxes.


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