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Sara Larrain

Sara Maria Larrain Ruiz-Tagle is a Chilean politician and environmentalist who ran for president in 1999 presidential election. She is of Basque descent.

Larrain attended the Universidad de Chile in 1972, studying anthropology. She went on to finish her studies at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, receiving a degree in teaching for the plastic arts. From 1978 to 1989, Larrain was an academic in the field of aesthetics, teaching at Chile's Catholic universities, Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educacion. From 1989 to 1993, she was a founding member and the director of the Chile (Pacifico Sur) office of Greenpeace, and also worked with organizations like RENACE and organizations for the research of globalization. From 1997 to 2001 she served as the director of the Sustainable Chile Program (Programa Chile Sustentable).

Larrain put herself forth as an independent candidate for the presidency of Chile in the 1999 presidential election. Supported by various environmentalists, she managed to receive about 0.5% of the signatures necessary to file her candidacy. In the election, she received 31,319 votes, or 0.44% of the vote, coming in fifth place. The only candidate she bested was former Senator, Arturo Frei. When the first vote resulted in no majority, a runoff election was held between Ricardo Lagos (PPD/CPD) and Joaquin Lavin (UDI/APC). Larrain, along with Gladys Marin (PCC) and Tomas Hirsch (PH) threw their support behind the Concertacion coalition candidate, Ricardo Lagos. Lagos went on to defeat Lavin, the conservative candidate.

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