Despite Bachelet's popularity (this pediatrician was once a political prisoner during Pinochet's reign), center-left candidate Eduardo Frei may not win the runoff election today against billionaire Sebastian Pinera. The last poll shows the tycoon in the lead, 51-49. If he wins, let's hope he does better at ruling than the other two billionaires-turned-leaders: Thailand's Thaksin Shinawatra and Italy's Silvio Berlusconi.
Here is a piece by Al Jazeera English's Lucia Newman. Remember her reporting from Cuba and other parts of Latin America for CNN? AJE has poached some extraordinarily talented, experienced, and respected journos.