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Chile: Bachelet comes out fighting in acceptance speech01:14

Chile: Bachelet comes out fighting in acceptance speech

Chile, Santiago
December 16, 2013 at 02:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

Chile: Bachelet comes out fighting in acceptance speech

Victorious Socialist presidential candidate Michelle Bachelet thanked supporters at a rally in Chilean capital Santiago on Sunday, after election authorities declared her the winner of the presidential run-off against conservative candidate Evelyn Matthei.

"I am proud of the country that we have built, but more proud of the country that we will build together," said the new president. "All of us are needed on the forward march, it is up to us to build the foundation of the future, it depends on us all. Chile is more than a dream to us, it gives us reason to hope, to give our sweet homeland a new morning. Thank you very much. Viva Chile!"

Bachelet, the country's president between 2006 and 2010, captured the highest share of the franchise of any candidate since Chile re-instated democratic elections in 1989. The new leader has promised reforms to the nation's financial and educational systems, as well as investment in social programmes. Her flagship policy, a five per cent increase in corporate taxes to fund the introduction of free higher education, is expected to be high on the priority list.

"Today, nobody doubts it, profit can not be the engine of education because education is not a commodity," said Bachelet. "Dreams are not a good market, it is a right for all."

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Chile: Bachelet comes out fighting in acceptance speech

Victorious Socialist presidential candidate Michelle Bachelet thanked supporters at a rally in Chilean capital Santiago on Sunday, after election authorities declared her the winner of the presidential run-off against conservative candidate Evelyn Matthei.

"I am proud of the country that we have built, but more proud of the country that we will build together," said the new president. "All of us are needed on the forward march, it is up to us to build the foundation of the future, it depends on us all. Chile is more than a dream to us, it gives us reason to hope, to give our sweet homeland a new morning. Thank you very much. Viva Chile!"

Bachelet, the country's president between 2006 and 2010, captured the highest share of the franchise of any candidate since Chile re-instated democratic elections in 1989. The new leader has promised reforms to the nation's financial and educational systems, as well as investment in social programmes. Her flagship policy, a five per cent increase in corporate taxes to fund the introduction of free higher education, is expected to be high on the priority list.

"Today, nobody doubts it, profit can not be the engine of education because education is not a commodity," said Bachelet. "Dreams are not a good market, it is a right for all."