Michelle Bachelet easily wins Chile presidency

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - Chile's once and future President Michelle Bachelet has won a runoff election after promising profound changes in society in response to widespread street protests.

With more than 57 percent of the votes counted, Bachelet has an unbeatable 63 percent to 37 percent for the center-right's Evelyn Matthei.

Matthei spokeswoman Lily Perez conceded defeat.

A moderate socialist, Bachelet served as president in 2006-2010, then ran the United Nation's women's agency.

Now she has a new center-left coalition and promises to finance education with higher corporate taxes, reduce the wealth gap, protect the environment and reform the constitution.

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