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Michelle Bachelet sworn in as Chile's president

Published on Mar 11, 2014 11:44 PM
 
Socialist Michelle Bachelet took the oath of office as president of Chile Tuesday, March 11, 2014, returning to power after four years with a reform agenda to reduce social disparities in this prosperous South American country. -- PHOTO: AFP

VALPARAïSO, Chile - Socialist Michelle Bachelet took the oath of office as president of Chile Tuesday, returning to power after four years with a reform agenda to reduce social disparities in this prosperous South American country.

"Yes, I promise," she said as she was sworn in by the new Senate president, Isabel Allende, in a solemn ceremony at Chile's Congress, AFP reported.

She takes over from billionaire investor Sebastian Pinera, who oversaw economic growth averaging 5.7 percent in Latin America's wealthiest nation.

A former president from 2006 to 2010, Ms Bachelet was constitutionally banned from standing for consecutive terms. But, she won December's election - on pledges to provide free education for all - with the biggest majority since the end of Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship in 1990 and holds a majority in both chambers of Congress, Bloomberg reported.

 
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