Chile's Senate votes to end dictatorship-era electoral system

January 14, 2015 8:45 PM

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Chile's Senate votes to end dictatorship-era electoral system

FILE - In this March 11, 2014 file photo, Chile's new President Michelle Bachelet, wearing the presidential sash, applauds after being sworn-in as president in the Chilean Congress in Valparaiso, Chile. The Senate voted Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, to end a dictatorship-era electoral system that has squeezed out independent candidates and guaranteed an outsized presence in Congress for the center-right and center-left blocs. Bachelet had promised to finally end it calling the system a “thorn pounded into the center” of Chilean democracy. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano, File) (The Associated Press)

SANTIAGO, Chile – Chile's Senate has voted to end a dictatorship-era electoral system that has squeezed out independent candidates and guaranteed an outsized presence in Congress for the center-right and center-left blocs.

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