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Allende's granddaughter loses Chile mayor election

SANTIAGO, Chile -- Maya Fernandez Allende, granddaughter of Chile's late Marxist President Salvador Allende, lost her first major political race Tuesday after a recount, the electoral committee said.

Fernandez Allende, 41, lost the mayorship of Santiago's Nunoa district by 30 votes to incumbent Mayor Pedro Sabat of the center-right National Renovation party.

Initial results last month put Fernandez Allende ahead and Sabat conceded. But his party demanded a recount at the National Stadium, where dozens of leftist dissidents were tortured and killed during the military dictatorship that ousted her grandfather in 1973. Her grandfather killed himself rather than surrender.

Chile's electoral committee said Tuesday that Sabat got 34,247 votes to Fernandez Allende's 34, 217. Sabat has won the district three other times in 16 years.

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