Chile's former President Sebastian Pinera, with his wife Cecilia Morel, celebrates with supporters after winning the presidential election runoff in Santiago, Chile, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)
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Former President Sebastian Pinera's resounding victory in a presidential runoff election swings Chile back to the right and highlights the increasing number of conservative leaders who have won power in Latin America.Pinera, 68, won last month's first round, but fell far short of what polls had projected.Pinera's triumph underscored the fractures in Bachelet's New Majority left-wing coalition and the rise of conservative leaders at the ballot box in recent years in other regional countries, including Argentina, Paraguay and Peru.During his first term as president, Pinera struggled with large protests over Chile's inequality and demands for education reform and left office with low popularity ratings. In recent weeks, Pinera had compared Guillier to Nicolas Maduro, the socialist president of crisis-torn Venezuela.
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