Michelle Bachelet biography and facts

Politician from Chile

Michelle Bachelet Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria (Spanish pronunciation: [miˈtʃel vatʃeˈlet]; born September 29, 1951) is a Social Democrat politician who was President of Chile from 11 March 2006 to 11 March 2010. She was the first female president of her country. In September 2010 Bachelet was appointed as the head of UN Women by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Bachelet won the 2006 presidential election in a runoff, beating center-right businessman and former senator Sebastián Piñera (who eventually succeeded Bachelet as President) with 53.5% of the vote. She campaigned on a platform of continuing Chile's free-market policies, while increasing social benefits to help reduce the gap between rich and poor. Bachelet, a pediatrician and epidemiologist with studies in military strategy, served as Health Minister and Defense Minister under her predecessor, President Ricardo Lagos. She is a separated mother of three and describes herself as an agnostic. As well as her native Spanish, she speaks English, German, Portuguese and French, with varying levels of fluency. Bachelet is the second child of archaeologist Ángela Jeria Gómez and Air Force Brigadier General Alberto Bachelet Martínez. Her paternal  ( Wikipedia )

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Personal facts

Known as
Dr. Michelle Bachelet
Date of birth
1951-09-29
Place of birth
Santiago
Nationality
Chile
Parents
Ángela Jeria Gómez, Alberto Bachelet
Spouse(s)
Jorge Dávalos
Children
Sofia Sebastian Francisca
Profession
Physician, Politician

Employment

Company Job title From To
Chilean Ministry of National Defense Senior Assistant 1998
Chilean Ministry of National Defense Chilean Ministry of National Defense 2002-01-07 2004-10-01
Chilean Ministry of Health Senior Assistant 1994-03 1997-07
Chilean Ministry of Health Minister of Health 2000-03-11 2002-01-07
Children's Hospital Roberto del Río 1983 1986
Protection of Children Injured by States of Emergency Foundation Head, Medical Department 1986 1990

Political career

Party From To
Socialist Party of Chile

Education

Institution From To
University of Chile 1982
Chilean Army's War Academy
Humboldt University of Berlin

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