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Bachelet in first address as president: Inequality is Chile's one great enemy

Santiago, Mar 11 (EFE).- "Chile has just one great adversary. It's called inequality and only together can we defeat it," Michelle Bachelet proclaimed Tuesday in her first speech as Chile's newly inaugurated president. Bachelet, who was the candidate of the center-left New Majority alliance, delivered her address from a balcony at La Moneda palace accompanied by her mother, Angela Jeria.

Bachelet returns to power in Chile pledging greater equality

Socialist Michelle Bachelet promised to tackle inequality as she took the oath of office Tuesday, returning to power after four years to lead this prosperous South American country once more. "Chile has but one great enemy, and its name is inequality. Only together can we take it on," the president said. "Let's start now. The time is short," she stressed, pledging 50 initiatives in her first 100 days back in office. The 62-year-old was sworn in at a solemn ceremony in Congress charged with symbolism.

Bachelet returns to power in Chile promising reform

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.

Bachelet returns to power in Chile promising reform

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.

Bachelet to take power in Chile, vowing to narrow inequality gap

By Rosalba O'Brien SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Michelle Bachelet will take over the presidency of Chile on Tuesday in a ceremony loaded with symbolism, promising to stick to her tax-and-spend campaign pledges despite a sharp economic slowdown. Bachelet will accept the presidential sash from Senate head Isabel Allende, the daughter of deposed socialist president Salvador Allende, whose overthrow in 1973 ushered in the seventeen-year dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

Michelle Bachelet sworn in as Chile's president

Valparaiso, Chile, Mar 11 (EFE).- Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday was sworn in as Chile's president for the second time at a ceremony held at the seat of Congress in this port city. The 62-year-old former physician received the presidential sash from the hands of the new Senate leader, Isabel Allende, the daughter of late President Salvador Allende. "Yes, I promise," Bachelet, who previously governed from 2006-2010, said when Allende administered the oath of office amid applause.

Factbox: Chilean President Michelle Bachelet

(Reuters) - Michelle Bachelet returned to the Chilean presidency on Tuesday after a campaign centered on her promise to narrow social inequality in the world's biggest copper-producing country. The following are some key facts about the 62-year-old president: - Bachelet previously held power, between 2006 and 2010, as Chile's first female leader. Popular and charismatic, she left office with high approval ratings.

Factbox: Chile's incoming president Bachelet and her policies

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Michelle Bachelet, who takes over the presidency of Chile for the second time on Tuesday, plans to spend $15 billion on ambitious reforms aimed at redressing steep income inequality. Center-left Bachelet, who governed as Chile's first female president from 2006 to 2010, won an easy victory in December's election and takes over from the conservative Sebastian Pinera.

Bachelet returns to power in Chile promising reform

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, which has its seat in the port of Valparaiso, 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Santiago. "Yes, I promise," she said as she took the oath of office from the new Senate president Isabel Allende.

Venezuela's Maduro drops trip to Chile inauguration

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, whose government is under pressure from domestic unrest, has canceled a trip to Chile to attend Michelle Bachelet's inauguration as head of state Tuesday, diplomatic sources said. "He's not coming," a source at the Venezuelan embassy told AFP. The Venezuelan president had planned to make it to Santiago Monday for Bachelet's swearing-in but ultimately decided to put off the trip, the source said. The crisis in Venezuela was expected to be a major topic of discussion among assembled leaders, including US Vice President Joe Biden.
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