Presidential debate in Chile
In the last week of the political campaign, the Chilean presidential candidates carried out a debate which was broadcasted by TV. Its most important issue was about the possibility that former officials of the former dictator Augusto Pinchet may be included in the government of Sebastian Pinera.
Thus, the opposition candidate Sebastian Pinera and Eduardo Frei, rose the tone of the debate and attacked each other.
When Piñera was asked if he was going to include former officials of the military regime in its eventual cabinet, the candidate said that his government will have changes, stating that “he will no allow former ministers of Pinochet to be in the government.”
The political party made by Piñero believes that he was able to defend it against Frei because when he showed the presentation of an amnesty bill in the Senate, the candidate reminded him that the former president withdrew the project and added to the bill Figueroa-Otero, considered a “stop law” by the Socialist Party (PS) at that time.
On the other hand, the Memorial Museum was opened. The project, led personally by the president, Michelle Bachelet, is a tribute to the nearly 30,000 victims, killed, tortured and disappeared by the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
Just hours before the debate, and after the meeting of the committee with Bachelet’s political leaders of the Coalition parties in La Moneda, the new President of the Social Democratic Radical Party (PRSD), Fernando Meza, assured having internal polls that say that Frei will Piñera.