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Chilean election: Shakespeare could not have set a better scene

Bachelet to be elected president of Chile, but then what?

In a piece for The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, political scientist Peter Siavelis co-authors a pre-election report with University of Chile economist Kirsten Sehnbruch. The scholars compare the tension between the two presidential candidates, Evelyn Matthei and Michelle Bachelet, with the ancient family grudge between Shakespeare’s Montagues and Capulets.

“While few will be surprised with the ultimate outcome of the election, what is certain is that the results will hold profound meaning for Chile’s future political constellation and whether the country’s politicians can respond to widespread and popular demands for deep reforms. What is also certain is that Chile’s reputation as the most politically boring country in Latin America has been transformed, as the next four years will undoubtedly hold more political drama of the Shakespearean variety.”

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