“Chile changed, the Government also has to change,” explains the president when announcing the ministerial relays
SANTIAGO, Oct. 28 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, announced on Monday a remodeling of the Cabinet that includes as main change the cessation of Interior Minister Andrés Chadwick, with the aim of relaunching the Executive's work at a time marked by recent anti-government protests.
The president had asked his entire team to make their positions “available” in order to undertake a change with which he hopes to placate the mood after two weeks of unprecedented protests. “Chile changed and the Government also has to change to face these new challenges and these new times,” he announced from the Presidency headquarters.
He has called “learn the lesson” and “channel the strength and hope” of citizens, who “want to build something much better.” Piñera has appealed to “unity”, “humility” and “urgency” by reaching out to a dialogue with which he hopes to “put aside any kind of violence”.
The “noble mission” that Piñera has raised will also have new faces and among them will not be that of Chadwick, questioned by the actions of the security forces during demonstrations in which even the state of emergency was declared, in force until Monday .
Chadwick leaves a position in which Gonzalo Blumel Mac-Iver, until now minister general secretary of the Presidency, will replace him. Felipe Ward, who until now was responsible for National Assets, will replace Blumel for his part in the position he vacates.
The remodeling extends to the Ministry of Finance, which passes from the hands of Felipe Larrain to those of Ignacio Briones, as well as to the portfolios of Labor and Economy, Development and Tourism. The Government also changes its spokesman, since it happens to occupy Karla Rubilar, Santiago's metropolitan governor, replacing Cecilia Pérez, who passes to the Ministry of Sports.
CALL TO DEMOCRATS
“These have been very difficult days,” Piñera admitted, recalling protests that, in his opinion, have brought out “also the worst of human nature.” The president has been critical of the “brutal wave of violence”, attributed to “small organized groups” to which he has held responsible not only for “immense patrimonial damage”, but also for “great damage to the soul” of Chile.
Piñera has acknowledged that “the most painful thing has undoubtedly been the loss of human lives”, specifically 19 since the protests began. The president has taken advantage of his speech to reiterate his condolences to the relatives and close friends of these acquaintances and call “all Democrats” to condemn violence seamlessly.
“Democracy not only has the right, but also the duty to defend itself against its adversaries,” said Piñera, who thanked the work of the Police, Police and Armed Forces. He has also described the Firefighters as “heroic”, in particular for his constant work to put out the fires recorded during the days of greatest violence.
However, he has promised that the authorities will investigate and judge any “outrage or violation” that may have been committed during the protests and will give “all facilities” for the National Institute of Human Rights, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Human Rights Watch examine the situation. “We have nothing to hide,” he has riveted.
A “STRONG AND CLEAR” MESSAGE
Piñera has asked the Minister of Social Development to organize a dialogue process “that reaches all the communes and corners” of the country, insofar as he considers that the citizens have offered “a strong and clear message” during the peaceful mobilizations, in which they have raised “legitimate demands.”
“We have all heard and we will continue to listen to the message of the people,” he added, in defense of a “social agenda” that has begun to emerge in recent days. Thus, he has reiterated his commitment to raise pensions, reduce the price of medicines, improve “territorial equity”, reduce salaries for high positions and freeze the price of the electricity bill.
Piñera has affirmed that these measures “are an important first step” that will mean “significant relief” for part of society, but has promised to “listen with great humility and a sense of urgency” to continue working for ” a Chile with greater justice and social equity “.