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Bachelet aims for landslide win, but Chile's dictatorship-era system could block reforms

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    Workers unload ballot boxes at the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Chile will hold general elections on Nov. 17. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano) (The Associated Press)

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    Posters of presidential candidates Evelyn Matthei, above, and Michelle Bachelet, below, hang from a light post in Santiago, Chile on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Chile will hold general elections on Nov. 17. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano) (The Associated Press)

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    A crowd claps to the rhythm of the music as a supporter holds up a campaign poster of presidential candidate Michelle Bachelet at the closing campaign rally for Bachelet in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Bachelet is expected to overwhelmingly win Sunday's presidential election and possibly avoid a runoff. Thursday was the last day of campaigning for elections that will also choose members of the lower House of Congress and Senate seats. (AP Photo/Victor Caivano) (The Associated Press)

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    Ballot boxes sit in a polling station in Santiago, Chile on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Chile will hold general elections on Sunday, Nov. 17. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano) (The Associated Press)

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    An election campaign sign for former President Michelle Bachelet stands along a road where a street performer does her act in Santiago, Chile, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Bachelet is running for reelection in Chile's general elections on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo) (The Associated Press)

Chileans are preparing to return Michelle Bachelet to the presidency, hoping she can fulfill promises to reform a dictatorship-era system they blame for keeping the working classes poor and indebted to the privileged few.

Chile is the world's top copper producer and its fast-growing economy, low unemployment and stable democracy are the envy of Latin America. But millions of its citizens have taken to the streets in recent years, venting their frustration over the huge wealth gap between the rich and poor and a chronically underfunded education system.

Bachelet, 62, left office with sky-high approval ratings after her 2006-2010 presidency despite failing then to bring about major changes in society.

Her closest rival in Sunday's vote is her childhood friend, conservative Evelyn Matthei.