Bachelet wins Chile presidential run-off

Chilean president-elect, Michelle Bachelet, celebrates after getting the results of the run-off presidential election, in Santiago, on December 15, 2013Socialist Michelle Bachelet was swept back into office Sunday as Chile's next president, on a platform of narrowing the gap between rich and poor. "Chile, now, finally, the time has come to carry out the changes," Bachelet told cheering supporters in Santiago shortly after her landslide win, joined by her children and mother Angela Jeria. Bachelet, 62, takes office March 11 to succeed conservative billionaire President Sebastian Pinera for a term running through 2018. This is a "historic" moment for Chile, Bachelet said, because "it has decided that this is the time to carry out far-reaching reforms" such as free post-secondary education, raising taxes and adopting a new, more modern constitution.