Earthquake Recovery Tops Piñera’s Agenda in Chile

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SANTIAGO, Chile — As conservative billionaire Sebastian Piñera was sworn in as Chile’s 38th president on March 11, hanging lamps and flower displays in the Chilean Congress swayed due to aftershocks from the earthquake that had fractured a large swath of the country less than two weeks earlier. The tremors were a reminder that Piñera’s success as president, and perhaps the future of his party, will depend on his ability to lead an efficient recovery from the country’s worst natural disaster in 50 years. The 8.8-magnitude earthquake that shook Chile before dawn on Feb. 27 toppled buildings and bridges and […]

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