Chile's president-elect announces defense priorities

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-12-18 13:14:03

Chile's president-elect Michelle Bachelet laid out future defense strategy on Tuesday, prioritizing building security, transparency and cooperation in the South American region during her term.

Bachelet, the victorious center-left candidate to assume the presidency for the second time on March 11, 2014, was elected Sunday with 62 percent of the votes, defeating conservative ruling-party candidate Evelyn Matthei, who got nearly 38 percent.

According to Bachelet's government program, Chile's national defense policy will put the emphasis on security, greater transparency among the armed forces, and trimming military spending.

"We will also promote cooperation, mutual trust and measures of crisis prevention with our neighbors in the region," the program said.

The president-elect and former defense minister reaffirmed the commitment to a policy of full transparency of military budgets, and called on the armed forces to focus on emergency disaster relief and other peace-time tasks.

The document also stated that "congress should be informed of how the defense budget is spent, and how programs and projects are developed and implemented, as well as everything related to the process of classified or secret acquisitions."

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