Proposals of top 2 candidates in Chile vote

AP News
Posted: Nov 17, 2013 10:00 PM
Proposals of top 2 candidates in Chile vote

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.