Michelle Bachelet, Chile’s first female president, was named today by the country’s Socialist and Partido por la Democracia parties as their candidate for a primary presidential election planned for June.
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera is gaining popularity from his efforts to free 33 trapped copper miners as he asks lawmakers to limit tax increases on companies such as BHP Billiton Ltd . and Xstrata Plc .
Fernando Almeda, who moved to south- central Chile’s Curico valley from his native Spain two decades ago to pursue his love of winemaking, says the Andean nation is a paradise for vintners. Its Mediterranean-like climate is well suited to growing grapes, while the Andes mountain range to the east and Atacama Desert to the north provide natural barriers against pests.
Chilean senators and lower house members in a joint committee failed to reach an agreement on proposed changes to mining taxes, forcing the government to seek alternative financing sources for earthquake reconstruction.