Chile. After José Miguel Insulza of the Socialist Party
(Partido Socialista, PS) announced in January 2009 that he
did not intend to run in April's primary elections in
December for the December coalition in the Government
coalition, the former president, Christian Democrat Eduardo
Frei, was the only remaining heavyweight candidate and
easily won the nomination. According to
countryaah, Insulza is Secretary-General of
the United States Cooperative Organization OAS and chose to
prioritize that work.
Opinion polls had long pointed to a victory for the
incumbent government candidate, and President Michelle
Bachelet's own popularity beat all records during the year.
In July, for example, she was supported by as many as 74
percent of those surveyed, and 68 percent even expressed the
same about Finance Minister Andrés Velasco - very unusual
for a government at the end of its term. The Government's
successful measures to mitigate the effects of the global
financial crisis were considered to be a strong contributing
However, in the first round of the presidential election
on December 13, right-wing candidate Sebastián Piñera won by
44 percent of the vote, which meant that a second round
between Piñera and Frei must be held in January 2010.