President Bush has congratulated Chile's first female president-elect, Michelle Bachelet, on her win in last Sunday's runoff election.

A White House spokesman said President Bush called Ms. Bachelet Thursday and told her he looks forward to working with her. The spokesman said they talked about the importance of working together to promote good governance in the region.

Ms. Bachelet, a left-leaning candidate, took 53 percent of the vote in Sunday's runoff election. Her opponent was billionaire businessman Sebastian Pinera, the candidate of a rightist alliance.

The socialist Ms. Bachelet brings to her position her experience as a physician, single mother and former political dissident. She has promised to improve health care and education, and has said she will divide her cabinet appointments equally between men and women.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.