Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Patricio Aylwin, Reconciled Divided Chile

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Patricio Aylwin, Reconciled Divided Chile

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Patricio Aylwin, the former president who led Chile's transition to democracy from dictatorship in 1990, has died. He was 97.

He died Tuesday at his home in Santiago, his son Miguel Aylwin said. In December 2015, Patricio Aylwin fell and was hospitalized in an intensive care unit. Since then, his health has deteriorated. He was buried in a state funeral Friday.

A lawyer and a member of the Christian Democratic party, Mr. Aylwin helped restore democracy in a nation torn apart by 17 years of military rule by Augusto Pinochet, while overseeing the "economic miracle" that went on to make Chile the wealthiest country in South America. He also published the Truth and Reconciliation report into human rights abuses committed during the dictatorship. …

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