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A prominent Chilean business leader presented the country's economy minister with an inflatable doll on stage at an event late on Tuesday, sparking a social media storm and criticism by President Michelle Bachelet. Exporters' association Asexma traditionally gives humorous gifts to VIPs attending its annual dinner, but the inflated sex toy - which was handed to economy minister Luis Cespedes with the comment that it could be used to "stimulate the economy" - backfired. Photos of the event in local media showed a grinning Cespedes holding the life-sized blow-up doll on stage, alongside other ministers - all male - clutching their gifts, which included a blond wig meant to represent U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. "The fight for respect for women has been an essential principle in my two governments," said Bachelet, Chile's first female leader, on her Twitter account. "What occurred at the Asexma dinner cannot be tolerated". Her comment was retweeted more than 1,200 times, and echo...

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