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Michelle Bachelet

Michelle Bachelet
Portrait Michelle Bachelet.jpg
35th President of Chile
Assumed office
11 March 2014
Preceded by Sebastián Piñera
In office
11 March 2006 – 11 March 2010
Preceded by Ricardo Lagos
Succeeded by Sebastián Piñera
Executive Director of UN Women
In office
14 September 2010 – 15 March 2013
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Lakshmi Puri (Acting)
President pro tempore of the Union of South American Nations
In office
23 May 2008 – 10 August 2009
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Rafael Correa
Minister for National Defense
In office
7 January 2002 – 1 October 2004
President Ricardo Lagos
Preceded by Mario Fernández
Succeeded by Jaime Ravinet
Minister for Health
In office
11 March 2000 – 7 January 2002
President Ricardo Lagos
Preceded by Álex Figueroa
Succeeded by Osvaldo Artaza
Personal details
Born Verónica Michelle Bachelet
(1951-09-29) September 29, 1951 (age 65)
Santiago, Chile
Political party Socialist
Other political
affiliations
Concertación (1988–2013)
Nueva Mayoría (2013–present)
Spouse(s) Jorge Dávalos Cartes (1979–1984)
Children Sebastián
Francisca
Sofía
Alma mater University of Chile
Signature
Website Official website
The Bachelet Cabinet
Office Name Party Term
President Michelle Bachelet PS Mar. 11, 2006–Mar. 11, 2010
Interior Andrés Zaldívar DC Mar. 11, 2006–Jul. 14, 2006
Belisario Velasco (resigned) DC Jul. 14, 2006–Jan. 4, 2008
Edmundo Pérez Yoma DC Jan. 8, 2008–Mar. 11, 2010
Foreign Affairs Alejandro Foxley DC Mar. 11, 2006–Mar. 13, 2009
Mariano Fernández DC Mar. 13, 2009–Mar. 11, 2010
Defense Vivianne Blanlot PPD Mar. 11, 2006–Mar. 27, 2007
José Goñi PPD Mar. 27, 2007–Mar. 12, 2009
Francisco Vidal PPD Mar. 12, 2009–Mar. 11, 2010
Finance Andrés Velasco Ind. Mar. 11, 2006–Mar. 11, 2010
Gen. Sec. of the
Presidency
Paulina Veloso PS Mar. 11, 2006–Mar. 27, 2007
José Antonio Viera-Gallo PS Mar. 27, 2007–Mar. 10, 2010
Gen. Sec. of
Government
Ricardo Lagos Weber PPD Mar. 11, 2006–Dec. 6, 2007
Francisco Vidal PPD Dec. 6, 2007–Mar. 12, 2009
Carolina Tohá (resigned) PPD Mar. 12, 2009–Dec. 14, 2009
Pilar Armanet PPD Dec. 18, 2009–Mar. 11, 2010
Economy Ingrid Antonijevic PPD Mar. 11, 2006–Jul. 14, 2006
Alejandro Ferreiro DC Jul. 14, 2006–Jan. 8, 2008
Hugo Lavados DC Jan. 8, 2008–Mar. 11, 2010
Social
Development
Clarisa Hardy PS Mar. 11, 2006–Jan. 8, 2008
Paula Quintana PS Jan. 8, 2008–Mar. 11, 2010
Education Martín Zilic DC Mar. 11, 2006–Jul. 14, 2006
Yasna Provoste (impeached) DC Jul. 14, 2006–Apr. 3, 2008
René Cortázar (interim) DC Apr. 3, 2008Apr. 18, 2008
Mónica Jiménez DC Apr. 18, 2008–Mar. 11, 2010
Justice Isidro Solís PRSD Mar. 11, 2006–Mar. 27, 2007
Carlos Maldonado PRSD Mar. 27, 2007–Mar. 11, 2010
Labor Osvaldo Andrade (resigned) PS Mar. 11, 2006–Dec. 10, 2008
Claudia Serrano PS Dec. 15, 2008–Mar. 11, 2010
Public Works Eduardo Bitrán PPD Mar. 11, 2006–Jan. 11, 2008
Sergio Bitar PPD Jan. 11, 2008–Mar. 11, 2010
Health María Soledad Barría (resigned) PS Mar. 11, 2006–Oct. 28, 2008
Álvaro Erazo PS Nov. 6, 2008–Mar. 11, 2010
Housing &
Urbanism
Patricia Poblete DC Mar. 11, 2006–Mar. 11, 2010
Agriculture Álvaro Rojas DC Mar. 11, 2006–Jan. 8, 2008
Marigen Hornkohl DC Jan. 8, 2008–Mar. 11, 2010
Mining Karen Poniachik Ind. Mar. 11, 2006–Jan. 8, 2008
Santiago González PRSD Jan. 8, 2008–Mar. 11, 2010
Transport &
Telecom
Sergio Espejo DC Mar. 11, 2006–Mar. 27, 2007
René Cortázar DC Mar. 27, 2007–Mar. 11, 2010
National Assets Romy Schmidt PPD Mar. 11, 2006–Jan. 6, 2010
Jacqueline Weinstein PPD Jan. 6, 2010–Mar. 11, 2010
Energy Karen Poniachik Ind. Mar. 11, 2006–Mar. 29, 2007
Marcelo Tokman PPD Mar. 29, 2007–Mar. 11, 2010
Environment Ana Lya Uriarte PS Mar. 27, 2007–Mar. 11, 2010
Women Laura Albornoz DC Mar. 11, 2006–Oct. 20, 2009
Carmen Andrade PS Oct. 20, 2009–Mar. 11, 2010
Culture & the
Arts
Paulina Urrutia Ind. Mar. 11, 2006–Mar. 11, 2010
Presidential styles of
Michelle Bachelet
Flag of the President of Chile.svg
Reference style Su Excelencia, la Presidenta de la República.
"Her Excellency, the President of the Republic"
Spoken style Presidenta de Chile.
"President of Chile"
Alternative style Señora Presidenta.
"Madam President"
The Bachelet Cabinet
Office Name Party Term
President Michelle Bachelet PS Mar. 11, 2014–
Interior Rodrigo Peñailillo PPD Mar. 11, 2014–May 11, 2015
Jorge Burgos PDC May 11, 2015–Jun. 8, 2016
Mario Fernández PDC Jun. 8, 2016–
Foreign Affairs Heraldo Muñoz PPD Mar. 11, 2014–
Defense Jorge Burgos PDC Mar. 11, 2014–May 11, 2015
José Antonio Gómez PRSD May 11, 2015–
Finance Alberto Arenas PS Mar. 11, 2014–May 11, 2015
Rodrigo Valdés PPD May 11, 2015–
Gen. Sec. of the
Presidency
Ximena Rincón PDC Mar. 11, 2014–May 11, 2015
Jorge Insunza (resigned) PPD May 11, 2015–Jun. 7, 2015
Patricia Silva (interim) PS Jun. 7, 2015Jun. 27, 2015
Nicolás Eyzaguirre PPD Jun. 27, 2015–
Gen. Sec. of
Government
Álvaro Elizalde PS Mar. 11, 2014–May 11, 2015
Marcelo Díaz PS May 11, 2015–Nov. 18, 2016
Paula Narváez PS Nov. 18, 2016–
Economy Luis Felipe Céspedes PDC Mar. 11, 2014–
Social
Development
Fernanda Villegas PS Mar. 11, 2014–May 11, 2015
Marcos Barraza PC May 11, 2015–
Education Nicolás Eyzaguirre PPD Mar. 11, 2014–Jun. 27, 2015
Adriana Delpiano PPD Jun. 27, 2015–
Justice José Antonio Gómez PRSD Mar. 11, 2014–May 11, 2015
Javiera Blanco Ind. May 11, 2015–Oct. 19, 2016
Jaime Campos PRSD Oct. 19, 2016–
Labor Javiera Blanco Ind. Mar. 11, 2014–May 11, 2015
Ximena Rincón PDC May 11, 2015–Nov. 18, 2016
Alejandra Krauss PDC Nov. 18, 2016–
Public Works Alberto Undurraga PDC Mar. 11, 2014–
Health Helia Molina (resigned) PPD Mar. 11, 2014–Dec. 30, 2014
Jaime Burrows (interim) PDC Dec. 30, 2014Jan. 23, 2015
Carmen Castillo Ind. Jan. 23, 2015–
Housing &
Urbanism
Paulina Saball PPD Mar. 11, 2014–
Agriculture Carlos Furche PS Mar. 11, 2014–
Mining Aurora Williams PRSD Mar. 11, 2014–
Transport &
Telecom
Andrés Gómez-Lobo PPD Mar. 11, 2014–
National Assets Víctor Osorio IC Mar. 11, 2014–Oct. 19, 2016
Nivia Palma IC Oct. 19, 2016–
Energy Máximo Pacheco PS Mar. 11, 2014–Oct. 19, 2016
Andrés Rebolledo PPD Oct. 19, 2016–
Environment Pablo Badenier PDC Mar. 11, 2014–
Women Claudia Pascual PC Mar. 11, 2014–
Culture & the
Arts
Claudia Barattini Ind. Mar. 11, 2014–May 11, 2015
Ernesto Ottone Ind. May 11, 2015–
Sports Natalia Riffo MAS Mar. 11, 2014–Nov. 18, 2016
Pablo Squella Ind. Nov. 18, 2016–
Presidential styles of
Michelle Bachelet
Flag of the President of Chile.svg
Reference style Su Excelencia, la Presidenta de la República.
"Her Excellency, the President of the Republic"
Spoken style Presidenta de Chile.
"President of Chile"
Alternative style Señora Presidenta.
"Madam President"

Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria (Spanish pronunciation: [beˈɾonika miˈtʃel βatʃeˈle ˈxeɾja]; born 29 September 1951) is a Chilean politician who has been President of Chile since 11 March 2014. She was previously president from 2006 to 2010, becoming the first woman in her country to do so. After leaving the presidency and while not immediately re-electable, she was appointed the first executive director of the newly created United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). In December 2013, Bachelet was re-elected president with over 62% of the vote, bettering the 53.5% she obtained in 2006. She is the first person since 1932 to win the presidency of Chile twice in competitive elections.

Bachelet, a physician with studies in military strategy, was Health Minister and Defense Minister under her predecessor, Ricardo Lagos. She is a separated mother of three and describes herself as an agnostic. Aside from her native Spanish, she also speaks, with varying levels of fluency, English, German, Portuguese and French. She is a member of the Socialist Party of Chile.

Bachelet is the second child of archaeologist Ángela Jeria Gômez and Air Force Brigadier General Alberto Bachelet Martínez. Bachelet’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Louis-Joseph Bachelet Lapierre, was a French wine merchant from Chassagne-Montrachet who emigrated to Chile with his Parisian wife, Françoise Jeanne Beault, in 1860; he was hired as a wine-making expert by the Subercaseaux vineyards in southern Santiago. Bachelet Lapierre’s son, Germán, was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1862, and married in 1891 to Luisa Brandt Cadot, a Chilean of French and Swiss descent, giving birth in 1894 to Alberto Bachelet Brandt. Bachelet’s maternal great-grandfather, Máximo Jeria Chacón, of Spanish (Basque region) and Greek heritage, was the first person to receive a degree in agronomic engineering in Chile and founded several agronomy schools in the country. He married Lely Johnson, the daughter of an English physician working in Chile. Their son, Máximo Jeria Johnson, married Angela Gómez Zamora. Their union produced five children, the fourth of whom is Bachelet’s mother.


Political offices
Preceded by
Alex Figueroa
Minister of Health
2000–2002
Succeeded by
Osvaldo Artaza
Preceded by
Mario Fernández
Minister of National Defense
2002–2004
Succeeded by
Jaime Ravinet
Preceded by
Ricardo Lagos
President of Chile
2006–2010
Succeeded by
Sebastián Piñera
Preceded by
Sebastián Piñera
President of Chile
2014–present
Incumbent
Diplomatic posts
New office President pro tempore of the Union of South American Nations
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Rafael Correa
Executive Director of UN Women
2010–2013
Succeeded by
Lakshmi Puri
Acting

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