Election-watching for 2006 kicks off this weekend, with the first
elections taking place on Sunday. In Chile, there's the run-off
presidential election; socialist candidate Michelle Bachelet, who led
in the first round on 11 December, is narrowly favoured to beat the right's Sebastian Pinera.

Also on Sunday is the first round of the Finnish presidential election.
Incumbent social democrat Tarja Halonen is an unbackable favourite;
polls say she could well win more than 50% of the vote and therefore
avoid going to a second round.