Forty years after a military coup that brought Augusto Pinochet to power in Chile, a fierce debate over his long and brutal rule has overshadowed an upcoming presidential election. The frontrunner in November's election is popular center-left politician Michelle Bachelet, who governed the country from 2006 to 2010. Bachelet has said that "wounds haven't healed" and criticised some on the right who have not "recognised or repented" their actions.
Bachelet's father, who opposed the coup that took place on Sept. 11, 1973, died in prison during the dictatorship that followed and she and her mother were both tortured by Chile's security forces.
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