Chile

    Conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera held onto his lead in a new poll on Oct. 21 and looks set to win Chile's December presidential election, ending two decades of center-left rule. The Ipsos poll showed Pinera with 37 percent of the vote against 27 percent for Eduardo Frei, the government's candidate, and 18 percent for Marco Enriquez-Ominami, a leftist who broke away from the government's ranks to run independently. Pinera and Enriquez-Ominami are positioning themselves as the candidates of "change," although neither is proposing policies that radically differ from those of outgoing President Michelle Bachelet – a socialist, who has record high approval ratings but is not allowed to run again. (Reuters)

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