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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Election in Chile

Sunday's election in Chile will be something to celebrate, no matter who wins. The race pits former-President Eduardo Frei against millionaire businessman Sebastián Piñera. Whoever wins the election, Chile's path of democracy will continue. And whoever wins the election, he will have a major issue that needs addressing: how to reconcile the country's white majority with the growing claims for justice and land for the Indian Mapuche minority in the south. Violent confrontations and ongoing unrest call for decisive action on the part of the new government. For more see the Miami Herald story (Spanish only). For more information in English, go to Council of the Americas page.

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