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Popularity Bounce For Chile’s Apologetic President Sebastián Piñera

ISSN:1060-4189
LADB Article ID: 78643
Category/Department: Chile
Date: 2012-06-15
By: Benjamin Witte-Lebhar

President Sebastián Piñera had at least one thing going for him during last month’s State of the Nation address: silence. Unlike in 2011, when hecklers interrupted him on several occasions, attendees for this year’s May 21 speech—an annual tradition in Chile—kept their mouths shut, giving the former businessman ample opportunity to sell the public on the merits of his two-and-a-half-year-old government. There were other differences between the two speeches as well. For this, his penultimate State of the Nation address, the normally unapologetic third-year president struck something of a remorseful note.

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