Chilean President Michelle Bachelet stands next to Interior Minister Mario Fernandez during a cabinet reshuffle at the government house in Santiago, Chile October 19, 2016. Ximena Navarro/Courtesy of Chilean Presidency/Handout via REUTERS
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Chilean President Michelle Bachelet faces a test of strength Sunday in municipal elections that will serve as a political barometer with just over a year to go in her term.The local polls are the last vote before general elections in 2017 that will decide the Socialist leader's successor, at a time when the left in Chile -- as in much of Latin America -- is struggling.The vote comes as Bachelet, Chile's first woman president, has been sideswiped by a corruption scandal involving her son and is struggling to deliver on the reform agenda that got her elected by a landslide in 2013 .Bachelet, 65, is one of the last remaining leaders from a "pink tide" of left-wing governments that swept Latin America in the last decade.Bachelet herself has not been implicated in either scandal.
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