Socialist pediatrician Michelle Bachelet, who suffered prison, torture and exile under Chile's military dictatorship, was sworn in as the nation's first female president on Saturday.
Bachelet took her oath before Senate President Eduardo Frei at the crowded Hall of Honor of Chile's Congress in this port city near Santiago.
More than 1,000 guests attended the ceremony, including US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the presidents of Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela.
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