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Michelle Bachelet

The former Chilean president discusses Pinochet, leading the military and human rights. Lyse Doucet talks to remarkable women about the relationship between women and democracy.

Michelle Bachelet was a student in Chile when General Pinochet took power in a coup in 1973. Her father, a military man who wasn’t complicit with the new regime was tortured and died the following year. 30 years later – after spending time as minister for health and becoming one of the handful of women ever to serve as minister for defence – Bachelet became president of Chile. During her first term she even had to decide whether to award Pinochet a state funeral.

Producer: Ben Carter

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28 minutes

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Thu 29 Aug 2019 21:30


  • Thu 29 Aug 2019 09:00
  • Thu 29 Aug 2019 21:30



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