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Government of Chile will promote an “orderly transfer” with the Boric administration

Boric was elected on Sunday with 55.8% of the votes against José Antonio Kast.

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The spokesman for the Chilean Government, Jaime Bellolio, said this Friday that the Executive will focus on guaranteeing an “orderly, republican and effective transfer” of command to the new Administration of the president-elect, Gabriel Boric, who this morning announced to the 24 members of his ministerial cabinet.

“The official meetings with each and one of the ministers who have been appointed by the president-elect will be on February 21,” Bellolio announced.

In addition, the Minister Secretary General of the Government explained that they will be simultaneous meetings, while the Piñera Administration still has “many matters to do, many programs, many tenders and administrative things that need to be finished.”

In a historic milestone for the country and the rest of the continent, Boric appointed a cabinet made up mostly of women, highlighting names such as Izkia Siches, the first to assume the Interior portfolio throughout the independent life of the South American republic.

Asked about this fact, Bellolio assured that it is “good news, not only is it a parity government, but today there are more women. For us it is very important and we have done so during the Government, to promote that there are more women in different decision-making spaces”.

Bellolio also had words regarding the appointments of socialists Carlos Montes and Maya Fernández in the portfolios of Housing and Defense, respectively, two militants with extensive experience in Chilean public life.

“About those two names, I had to meet them in Parliament, and they will have a difficult mission in both portfolios (…) both people have the skills after their political career,” he said.

Gabriel Boric will assume command of the Chilean State on March 11 for a period of four years, during which time he will have to lead a politically and socially agitated country, as well as diminished in economic terms due to the deep blow of the pandemic.

At the same time, it will have to bring to a successful conclusion the ongoing constitutional process that seeks to leave behind the Magna Carta inherited from the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) and promote structural reforms with a Congress divided between progressive and right-wing forces.

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