Agence France-PresseMarch 11, 2014 15:31
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.
The 62-year-old was sworn in at a solemn ceremony in the Congress that was charged with symbolism.
"Yes, I promise," she said as she took the oath from the new Senate leader Isabel Allende.
Allende, the daughter of ousted president Salvador Allende who died in a 1973 coup, handed Bachelet the presidential sash and fervently embraced the returning president.