- Title: CHILE: CHILE'S MAIN CANDIDATES VOTE IN SECOND ROUND OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
- Date: 16th January 2000
- Summary: SANTIAGO, CHILE (JANUARY 16, 2000) (REUTERS) 1. LAS: PEOPLE ARRIVING TO VOTE; SECURITY (3 SHOTS) 0.13 2. SV: PEOPLE VOTING (5 SHOTS) 0.42 3. SV: SOLDIER ARRIVING TO VOTE 0.47 4. SV: MAN IN WHEELCHAIR VOTING. 0.56 5. CU/SV: BALLOT BOX (2 SHOTS) 1.03 6. SV: CANDIDATE RICARDO LAGOS VOTING 1.26 7. SV: CANDIDATE JOAQUIN LAVIN ARRIVING TO VOTE; MEDIA (2 SHOTS) 1.37 8. SV: LAVIN VOTING (2 SHOTS) 1.48 9. SV: PEOPLE CHEERING AS LAVIN LEAVES BOOTH; MEDIA (2 SHOTS) 2.03 10. SV: LAVIN HOLDING UP BALLOT, THEN PLACES IT INSIDE BOX 2.12 11. WIDE: LAVIN SURROUNDED BY SUPPORTERS AND MEDIA 2.16 12. SV: LAVIN WAVING TO SUPPORTERS FROM CAR; SUPPORTERS CHANTING (2 SHOTS) 2.31 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: SANTIAGO, CHILE
- Country: Chile
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- Story Text: Chile's main candidates have voted in the second round
of the president election, with the spectre of the latest
twist in the Augusto Pinochet saga looming over the ballot
Voting got underway in Santiago, Chile on Sunday
(January 16) in a presidential runoff pitting Joaquin Lavin,
the candidate for two right-wing parties, against the ruling
centre-left coalition's candidate, Ricardo Lagos.
Lavin drew applause from supporters when he arrived to
cast his vote in the country's second-round election, which is
too close to call.Both candidates have been running neck and
neck in the polls, and the two ended in a virtual tie in
Chile's first round election on December 12.
The latest twist in former president Augusto Pinochet's
extradition case in Britain threatened to overshadow the
elections.Both candidates steered clear of committing to a
stance on the case during their campaigns.
Britain said on Tuesday that medical tests showed Pinochet,
who has diabetes and a heart pacemaker, was not up to the
rigours of extradition and trial and should be allowed home.
Victory for Lagos, a 61-year-old former public works minister,
would make him the first socialist leader since Allende.
Triumph for 46-year-old Lavin, an ex-mayor of an upmarket
district of Santiago, would give Chile its first conservative
leader since Pinochet stepped down in 1990, and its first
elected right-winger since 1958.
First results should be released by the government at
around 2300 GMT.
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