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Polls open for first round of Presidential elections in Chile

As voting began, former president Sebastian Pinera is likely to cement his frontrunner status to succeed Socialist leader Michelle Bachelet. Photograph: (Others)

AFP Santiago, Chile Nov 19, 2017, 11.52 AM (IST)

Voting began on Sunday in the first round of Chile's presidential election, with former president Sebastian Pinera likely to cement his frontrunner status to succeed Socialist leader Michelle Bachelet.

But it was unclear whether Pinera, a 67-year-old billionaire who was president from 2010-2014, would gain enough support to avoid a runoff against the runner-up -- likely to be Alejandro Guillier, an independent supported by Bachelet's Socialists.

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