According to the president of the Partido Socialista, Osvaldo Andrade, the former president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, after her resignation from the leadership of UN Women and the return to her native country, will be proclaimed candidate to the presidential primaries of the opposition on next April 13.
Andrade said that Bachelet will also come to her country “before March 31” ahead of the primaries to be held on June 30.
Bachelet will have to face Christian Democrat Claudio Orrego, the independent Andres Velasco and senator Jose Antonio Gomez, candidate of the Partido Radical Socialdemocrata.
The ruling party is expected to hold their primary elections on the same date.
Laurence Golborne, former Minister of Public Works of the current president Sebastian Pinera and Andres Allamand, former Minister of Defense, are the two names being considered as candidates.
Bachelet, who was the first woman to hold the presidency of her country (2006-2010), left office with 70% of support.
The next presidential elections will be held in Chile on November 17, 2013.