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Feb102011

Former Chile President Sued over 2010 Earthquake, Tsunami

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SANTIAGO, Chile) - Michelle Bachelet, the former president of Chile, has been sued by victims of last year's earthquake who allege she made mistakes regarding the country's warning system prior to the resulting tsunami.

The government had lifted their initial tsunami warning after the country was stuck by a 8.8-magnitude earthquake. A lawyer for the victims claims that Bachelet "made decisions she was not qualified to make."

At stake? The lawsuit aims to ban Bachelet and other defendants from serving in a future public office. Others named in the suit include former Interior Minister Edmundo Perez and former Defense Minister Francisco Vidal.

The February 27 earthquake and tsunami claimed more than 500 lives. Bachelet left her post just a month after the disaster.
 
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