Patience Jonathan Congratulates Chilian President Elect

The Nigerian First Lady, Patience Jonathan, has congratulated Michelle Bachelet, who has re-emerged President of Chile for the second time,for her resounding victory, saying it is a representation of the aspirations of women, and a demonstration of the woman’s capability to be equal partners in global developmental efforts.

“I want to commend the President of Chile for her advocacy in the areas of gender equality and women empowerment,” Jonathan said.

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Bachelet was guest of the First Lady in January when she was on a working visit to Nigeria as the Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women.

Chile’s first female President, Bachelet, won the poll after clinching 62.3 percent of votes according to election officials in Sunday’s presidential runoff.

Her conservative Independent Democratic Union party opponent, Evelyn Matthei, garnered 37.7 percent of votes and has conceded the election.

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In her victory speech, Bachelet promised to improve education and work for equality.

“Thanks to the millions of people who, today, have demonstrated with their vote that they believe in me — just like I believe in you,” she said.

Bachelet, who is to take over from President Sebastian Pinera in March next year, was also the first woman to head the country’s Defence Ministry.

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She ruled between 2006-2010 and left office with high approval ratings.

In 2010, she was appointed to head U.N. Women, a United Nations agency created to promote gender equality around the world.

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