Fourteen of Chile’s 24 new ministers are women, and several former students are leading the protest.
Gabriel BoricThe Chilean left-wing president-elect has announced his first cabinet, giving the majority of the charges to women and several former student protest leaders.
Fourteen of the 24 new ministers announced on Friday are women, including Defense Minister Maya Fernandez, who was ousted by Socialist President Salvador Allende in 1973 by a military coup.
The Ministry of the Interior, which oversees home security, will visit Dr. Izkia Siches, who recently headed the National Medical Association.
“We have prepared this team with people who are committed to the knowledge, experience and agenda of change that the country needs,” Boric said.
The cabinet’s announcement comes after the victory of Boric, who will turn 36 before taking office on March 11. presidential election in the last month.
He worked on a platform to modernize the Chilean public health sector, serving 80 percent of the population, replacing the now private pension system, raising benefits and raising the minimum wage.
The social inequalities of South American nations were widening protests in 2019, igniting the political rise of the progressive left and the revision of the country’s dictatorial constitution.
“The role of this cabinet is to lay the groundwork for the major reforms we have proposed in our program,” Boric said after his minister’s presentation, adding that it will boost economic growth while reducing “structural disparities”.
“We are talking about sustainable growth, aided by the redistribution of wealth,” he said.
Camila Vallejo, a Communist Party lawmaker who, like Boric, took center stage as a student leader, will be the government’s spokesperson.
The finance ministry goes to Mario Marcel, a financial analyst who praised his tenure as chairman of the Central Bank. He previously worked for the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the previous center-left Chilean governments.
Boric pledged major reforms to the Chilean market-led economic model during the election campaign. impressed investors, although it has since moderated its tone, boosting Chilean markets and currency.
There are at least six ministers under the age of 40 in Boric’s cabinet, including those who led a rally in 2011 to improve education and free education. This includes Congressman Giorgio Jackson of Boric’s Local Broad Front coalition, who was appointed general secretary of the presidency.
But his coalition has only 37 of his 155 seats in Congress, so to pass legislation he will have to work with other center-left parties he has criticized for being too accommodating to the Conservatives in the past.
He will join the public referendum on his tenure a new constitution this is being written by a constituent assembly that could change the form of the entire political system.
The current constitution was adopted under the dictatorship of Augustus Pinochet, who led the coup against Allende.