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    Chile's Senator Isabel Allende, daughter of Chile's late former president Salvador Allende, poses next to a picture of her father at her office in Congress April 22, 2015

    Allende Daughter Becomes President of Chile Socialist Party

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    The daughter of former Chilean President Salvador Allende, who was overthrown in a violent coup in 1973, has won the presidency of the party he once led and which the Chilean President is a member of.

    Senator Isabel Allende has been elected to become become the first female president of the Socialist Party of Chile since its creation in 1933.

    Isabel Allende is the daughter of Chilean President Salvador Allende, who died in unclear circumstances during the violent 1973 coup. The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has admitted that it was deeply involved in the coup, which brought right-wing military dictator Augusto Pinochet to power.

    Senator Isabel Allende was also the first woman to become the President of the Senate of Chile. She held the position between March 2014 and March 2015.

    "Our calculations show that Senator Isabel Allende's candidate list has formed a majority," her rival in the party elections, Camilo Escalona, said.

    Senator Isabel Allende has supported Chilean President Michelle Bachelet plan for education reforms, which would make university education free for all Chileans. President Bachelet is also a member of the Chilean Socialist Party.

    According to estimations by Chilean NGOs, Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship secret police killed 3,200 Chileans, imprisoned and tortured another 34,000, and "disappeared" another 1,192 who are still missing. During the CIA-assisted dictatorship, Chileans were made to "disappear" through such methods as being thrown into the Pacific Ocean from helicopters.

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    coup, election, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Michelle Bachelet, Salvador Allende, Augusto Pinochet, Isabel Allende, Chile
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