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Pinochet Era Daughters Contending for Chilean Presidency

One was the daughter of an Air Force official who helped lead the military junta that seized power in Chile 40 years ago today. The other’s father was tortured to death by that regime.

On Nov. 17, Evelyn Matthei and Michelle Bachelet will face off along with seven other candidates in a presidential election that personifies how Chilean politics remains marked by the convulsions of the 1970s and ’80s. One side of the political divide still defines itself by its opposition to a dictatorship that ended 23 years ago, while the other struggles to erase its involvement with a regime that killed 3,000 people.