Voters in Chile on Sunday returned former president Michelle Bachelet to power.

The 62-year-old Bachelet fended off center-right candidate Evelyn Matthei by winning 62 percent of a runoff vote – the highest of any candidate since Chile returned to democratic elections.

“The social and political conditions are here and at last the moment has arrived,” Bachelet told supporters. “If I'm here it's because we believe that a Chile for everyone is necessary. It won't be easy, but when has it been easy to change the world?”

Bachelet campaigned on promises to overhaul education, improve health care and reduce income inequality.

After ending her 2006-10 presidency, Bachelet accepted a high-profile United Nations post.

“I'm happy, not jut for me but for all Chileans who have struggled so much in this country to finally obtain something for the working class, for the poor,” a supporter told AFP.

Bachelet also campaigned on gay marriage, reiterating her support in several interviews. However, her center-left New Majority coalition has only a slim majority in both houses and a full plate.

Bachelet will take office in March.