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  • Chilean President-elect Sebastian Pinera, delivers a speech next to his ministers during the presentation of his presidential cabinet.

    Chilean President-elect Sebastian Pinera, delivers a speech next to his ministers during the presentation of his presidential cabinet. | Photo: Reuters

Published 23 January 2018

The list includes several who served in Piñera's previous administration, as well as many new faces.

Chile's president-elect, Sebastian Piñera, appointed the 23 members of his future cabinet on Tuesday, giving a glimpse into the future direction of his government.

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The list of names indicates a solid hard right direction, with Piñera having appointed members of various right-wing parties that lent their support to his presidential campaign.

Several of the appointees are former cabinet members who served in Piñera's previous presidential administration, such as Andres Chadwick in the Ministry of the Interior, Cecilia Perez as the General Secretary of Government, and Felipe Larrain in the Treasury.

Others are new faces, such as Isabel Pla appointed to the Ministry of Women and Gender Equality. Pla is a notorious anti-abortion activist, and militant of the Independent Democratic Union party, which is a far-right group with origins in Chile's former military dictatorship under Augusto Pinochet.

Senator Baldo Prokurica was appointed as the mining minister, which is a key post for Chile, the world's top copper exporter. Prokurica was formerly a governor under the Pinochet regime.

The spot for education minister, a crucial one for Piñera who faced off mass student protests his previous term, went to a lawyer, Gerardo Varela.

Piñera's Cabinet:

Alejandra Pérez – Culture

José Ramón Valente- Economy

Antonio Walker – Agriculture

Emilio Santelices – Health

Andrés Chadwick – Interior

Felipe Larraín – Treasury

Cecilia Pérez – General Secretariat of Government

Gerardo Varela – Education

Gonzalo Blumel – General Secretariat of the Presidency

Alberto Espina – Defense

Alfredo Moreno – Social Development

Hernán Larraín- Justicia

Susana Jiménez- Energy

Marcela Cubillos – Environment

Nicolás Monckeberg – Work

Juan Andrés Fontaine – Public Works

Roberto Ampuero – External Relations

Cristián Monckeberg – Housing

Baldo Prokurica – Mining

Gloria Hutt – Transportation

Felipe Ward – National Assets

Pauline Kantor – Sports

Isabel Pla – Women and Gender Equality


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