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35th & 37th President of Chile

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Sebastián Piñera: 35th & 37th President of Chile
Miguel Juan Sebastián Piñera Echenique is the sitting President of Chile since 2018, having previously served from 2010 to 2014.


Less than half of Chileans now believe their democracy is 'functioning': poll

Approval for Chile's President Sebastian Pinera has sunk to just 6% since widespread protests against elitism and inequality broke out, with less than half of Chileans now believing the country is a..
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Chile's president sends Congress plan to slash health care costs after protests

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Sunday announced a plan to overhaul the country's public health care system, the latest in a series of measures aimed at quelling the demands of protesters who..
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Chilean President Pinera sparks fury with fake news claims

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, whose government has been rocked by riots over inequality, ignited a fresh wave of anger after claiming that "many" videos on social media of police abuse of..
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Chile's Pinera inks law for vote on new constitution

Chile's President Sebastian Pinera on Monday signed off on a referendum to be held on a new constitution, which he vowed would generate a "solid, compassionate and legitimate framework" that would help..
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Chilean president says protest-hit police must be 'respected, protected'

Chile's President Sebastian Pinera sent a bill to congress on Monday to strengthen protections for the country's security forces after two months of unrest that has rattled one of Latin America's..
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Chilean lawmakers reject move to impeach President Pinera over rights abuses

Chilean lawmakers on Thursday rejected a bid to oust President Sebastian Pinera over allegations he failed to safeguard human rights during weeks of deadly riots, a small victory for the embattled..
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Chile's Pinera faces impeachment trial over right's abuses in protests

Chile's lower house began to debate Thursday a move to impeach President Sebastian Pinera over allegations he failed to safeguard human rights during weeks of rioting, a political test that he is..
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Chile's Pinera faces political test in opposition bid to impeach him over protests

Chilean lawmakers are set to debate on Thursday a move to impeach President Sebastian Pinera over allegations he failed to safeguard human rights during weeks of rioting, a political test that he is..
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Blinded by rubber bullets, Chilean student becomes rallying point for protesters

Protesters against Chile President Sebastian Pinera's government have rallied around a student blinded by police rubber bullets and his family hopes a photo capturing his injuries will increase..
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Chileans suffering eye trauma from protests march on presidential palace

A group of Chileans who claim to have suffered eye trauma in confrontations with the security forces rallied outside the presidential palace on Thursday to call for President Sebastian Pinera to "take..
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Violence in Chile resurges, peso plunges to historic low

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera warned on Wednesday of the potential "irreparable harm" of a resurgence in violence that saw arson and looting attacks spike nationwide and the peso plunge to a new..
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Chile's Pinera asks for help from military even as abuse allegations mount

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Tuesday asked lawmakers to allow troops back on the streets to defend key public infrastructure, even as a human rights group reported "grave" abuses by security..
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Chile´s Pinera acknowledges security force abuses during protests, says 'no impunity'

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Sunday vowed "no impunity" for security forces that used excessive force and violated the rights of protesters during weeks of violent riots over economic policies..
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Chile's Pinera acknowledges 'abuses' in handling of riots: media

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera acknowledged "abuses" in the handling of massive social protests that have shaken the country for three weeks, but stopped short of blaming police or the military in..
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Chile's Pinera to crack down on vandals, looters amid unrest

Chile's President Sebastian Pinera announced a battery of measures on Thursday to tighten security and increase penalties for vandals as ongoing riots, looting and violence have left at least 20 dead..
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Chile's Pinera announces measures to tighten security amid riots, violence

Chile's President Sebastian Pinera announced on Thursday several measures to tighten security amid continuing riots, looting and violence that have left at least 20 dead over more than two weeks of..
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Protest-hit Chile vows to punish any abuses by security forces

Chile's President Sebastian Pinera on Thursday promised to ensure police and soldiers found guilty of rights violations were prosecuted with the same force as rioters and looters during nearly three..
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Chile's Pinera says won't resign, wants to reach end of his term: BBC

Chile's embattled President Sebastian Pinera has rejected the notion of resigning and believes he will reach the end of his term in just over two years despite intense anti-government protests that are..
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U.S. warns Russian trolls stoking conflict in Chile

The U.S. State Department warned on Thursday that it had seen indications of Russian "influence" on recent unrest in Chile, where two weeks of protests and riots have rocked the administration of..
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Spain offers to host COP25 climate change summit in Madrid after Chile withdraws: Chile's Pinera

Spain has offered to host the United Nation's COP25 climate change summit in Madrid, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said on Thursday, just one day after Chile withdrew as host amid raging street..
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Trump told Pinera he backs meetings cancellation, efforts to 'restore national order' in Chile: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump called Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Wednesday to express his support for Chile's decision to call off two major international meetings and decried alleged foreign..
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Chile says it can't host trade and climate summits after protests

Chile has withdrawn as host of the APEC trade summit in November and the COP25 climate summit in December after several weeks of violent unrest, President Sebastian Pinera announced on Wednesday.
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Riots, vandalism follow Pinera's cabinet reshuffle in Chile, new calls for protest

Tear gas lingered in the air in downtown Santiago on Tuesday as Chilean commuters made their way to work following another night of fire, looting and riots, in a sign that a cabinet reshuffle by..
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Chile Pinera faces new protests after firing ministers, courting working class

President Sebastian Pinera faced new protests on Monday after he replaced eight cabinet members including his interior and finance ministers, a house-cleaning aimed at taming the biggest political..
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After week of protests, Chile's Pinera fires ministers, courts working class

President Sebastian Pinera replaced eight cabinet members on Monday including his interior and finance ministers, a house-cleaning aimed at taming the biggest political crisis since Chile's return to..
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Chile's Pinera fires interior, finance ministers amid unrest

President Sebastian Pinera dismissed his interior and finance ministers on Monday in a major Cabinet reshuffle aimed at taming the biggest political crisis since the country's return to democracy in..
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Chileans call for new protests even as Pinera readies cabinet reshuffle

President Sebastian Pinera readied a cabinet reshuffle Monday morning, as Chileans angry at inequality called for more demonstrations this week in the biggest political crisis since the country's..
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Support for Chile's Pinera lowest for president since Pinochet era: poll

Support for Chile's Sebastian Pinera has plunged to just 14% amid recent unrest, according to a poll published on Sunday, the lowest approval rating for a Chilean president since the country's return..
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Chile´s embattled Pinera promises cabinet shake-up to quell mass protests

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Saturday added a major cabinet reshuffle to a growing list of reforms he has promised to tame inequality and quell mass protests that have rocked the South..
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Chilean President Pinera to shake up cabinet amid protests

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said on Saturday he would shake up his cabinet to quell a week of mass protests against inequality that have rocked the South American nation.
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Truck drivers add to Pinera's headaches in protest-stricken Chile

Chilean truck and taxi drivers brought gridlock to the capital's highways on Friday in a protest against high road tolls that added to a week of rowdy demonstrations over social inequality.
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Chile protesters stay in streets as Pinera says their demands 'loud and clear'

Protesters rallied in Santiago and around the country on Thursday afternoon as President Sebastian Pinera sent the first of a promised raft of legislation to Congress in a bid to address calls for an..
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Pinera says demands of Chileans 'loud and clear,' protests begin anew

Chile's president and lawmakers prepared on Thursday to push forward social equality reforms as protesters hit the streets again to call for swift action to improve lives.
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Chile's response to Pinera's reforms: A strike and more protests

Students and state workers dispersed peacefully in cities across Chile late on Wednesday, following mass protests against inequality, even as President Sebastian Pinera pledged social reforms to try to..
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Chile sees first major organized labor strikes since president pledged social reforms

Students and trade unionists led marches through Santiago on Wednesday in the first formally organized demonstration against social inequality since Chilean President Sebastian Pinera pledged social..
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Chile braces for more protests, strikes as Pinera's pleas fall on deaf ears

Chile braced for more protests and a general strike by state workers on Wednesday, despite President Sebastian Pinera's pleas for forgiveness and announcement of ambitious reforms to quell unrest that..
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Chile's Pinera seeks forgiveness from hard-pressed citizens, offers rescue package

Chile's President Sebastian Pinera announced an ambitious raft of measures on Tuesday, aiming to quell protests against his government with a guaranteed minimum wage, a hike in the state pension..
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Chile lawmakers call for social reforms as protests mount

Lawmakers who attended a crisis summit with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera's ruling coalition called on Tuesday for reforms to tackle inequality in response to countrywide riots that sowed chaos in..
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Chile opposition refuses to meet president, new protests break out

Chile's left-leaning opposition declined to meet with President Sebastian Pinera following riots that have left 15 people dead and led to the arrest of more than 2,600, citing concerns over abuses by..
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Chile's Pinera vows 'new social contract' amid massive marches against inequality

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said on Monday evening he would meet opposition leaders to forge a "new social contract" to alleviate inequality as thousands of Chileans defied a military curfew in..
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After Chile riots, thousands rally to protest at Pinera government

Thousands of Chileans poured into Santiago's central squares Monday to protest high living costs after a weekend of looting, arson and clashes with security forces killed 11 people and prompted..
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Chile's Pinera extends state of emergency, says 'we are at war'

Chile's government will extend a state of emergency to cities in its north and south, President Sebastian Pinera said late on Sunday, after at least seven people were killed amid violent clashes and..
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Chile army declares curfew, president reverses fare hikes after unrest

The Chilean military declared a night-time curfew in the capital on Saturday and President Sebastian Pinera announced he would freeze an unpopular public transport policy, as the government struggled..
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Troops on streets of Chilean capital Santiago after state of emergency announced

Troops were patrolling the streets of the Chilean capital Santiago on Saturday morning, the military confirmed, after President Sebastian Pinera evoked a state of emergency amid a surge in violent..
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Chile President Pinera declares emergency as capital rocked by riots

Chile's President Sebastian Pinera declared a state of emergency in the capital Santiago early on Saturday, as the city of 6 million descended into chaos amid riots that left a downtown building..
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Chilean priest who is uncle of president probed in alleged child sex abuse

The Vatican has launched an investigation into an allegation that a retired archbishop and uncle of Chilean President Sebastian Pinera sexually abused a child more than 50 years ago, the Vatican's..
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Chile removes statute of limitations on child sex abuse amid Church crisis

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera signed into law on Thursday a bill to remove the statute of limitations on sex crimes involving children amid a sex abuse crisis that has rocked the country's..
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