Isabel Allende (politician)
María Isabel Allende
|President of the Chilean Senate|
11 March 2014 – 11 March 2015
|Preceded by||Jorge Pizarro|
|Succeeded by||Patricio Walker|
|Senator for Atacama|
11 March 2010
|Preceded by||Ricardo Núñez|
|Leader of the Socialist Party of Chile|
17 May 2015
|Preceded by||Osvaldo Andrade|
|President of the Chilean Chamber of Deputies|
18 March 2003 – 16 March 2004
|Preceded by||Adriana Muñoz|
|Succeeded by||Pablo Lorenzini|
|Member of the Chilean Chamber of Deputies|
11 March 1994 – 11 March 2010
18 January 1945 |
|Political party||Socialist Party of Chile|
|Alma mater||University of Chile|
Isabel Allende Bussi (born January 18, 1945 in Santiago de Chile) is a Chilean Socialist Party politician and the daughter of former president of Chile Salvador Allende, and his wife, Hortensia Bussi. From 1994 to 2010 she was a deputy and in March 2010 she became a Senator for the Atacama Region. On 28 February 2014, Allende was selected as president of the Senate, as of 11 March 2014, making her the first woman president of the body in Chilean history.
She went to the Maisonette College, and unlike her sisters, was initially attracted to the Catholic Church and received her first communion. In 1962, at the age of 17 she began studying sociology, and joined the university's socialist brigade. Five years later she accompanied her father to the congress of the Socialist Party in Chile.
Her first marriage with Sergio Meza, son of Gonzalo Meza Allende, did not last long, but they had a son Gonzal. With her second husband, Romilio Tambutti, she had a daughter named Marcia.
On 11 September 1973, the day of the military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet, Isabel was the last person to enter the presidential palace. After the military began to bomb the presidential palace, and the outcome was already clear, her father ordered the women to leave.
Isabel obtained political asylum in Mexico, with her mother and sister, where she spent sixteen years in exile, before returning to Chile in 1989, in the final stretch of the military regime.
On returning to her homeland, Allende began a successful political career; after Chile's return to democracy in 1990, she was elected as a member of the Chamber of Deputies, serving as its President between 2003 and 2004, becoming the second woman to do so after Adriana Muñoz.
- Isabel Allende chosen as first woman to lead Chile's senate, Associated Press, The Guardian, 28 February 2014
- Official website (Spanish)
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