Chile to hold presidential elections

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Over eight million people in Chile will vote in Sunday's presidential and parliamentary elections.

Over eight million people in Chile will vote in Sunday's presidential and parliamentary elections.

According to forecasts, no candidate in the presidential polls is likely to gain more than 50% of vote. If this is the case, a run-off will be held on January 17, 2010.

The forerunners are Sebastian Pinera, a billionaire businessman and a center-right leader, and Eduardo Frei, a former president from the governing centre-left coalition.

Analysts say the elections are likely to see the end of 20 years of center-left rule.

The winner will succeed Michelle Bachelet, the incumbent Chilean president, on March 11, 2010. According to the Chilean Constitution, a president is elected for a single four-year term.

About 17,000 police officers will guarantee security during the elections.

MOSCOW, December 11 (RIA Novosti)

 

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