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Chile's Bachelet to shuffle Cabinet

Chile's Bachelet to shuffle Cabinet

Setbacks in municipal elections appear to have pushed Chile's president to shake up her Cabinet.
President Michelle Bachelet "has told us that during November she will talk with every minister to determine who will stay and decide on the changes she wants to make," said Interior Minister Edmundo Perez.
"People want new faces, a renovation," Perez told Radio Cooperativa of Santiago.
Bachelet's center-left Coalition for Democracy topped nationwide voting for city councilmen, but the opposition Alliance for Chile won the most mayoral votes and captured the country's largest cities, including Santiago, Concepcion and Valparaiso.
Presidential spokesman Francisco Vidal admitted that the loss in 345 mayoral races "hurt."
Perez did not elaborate on expected Cabinet changes and some ministers are expected to resign anyway to run for Congress in December 2009. The law mandates that candidates must leave their posts at least one year before the election, when the next president also will be elected.
Sunday's local elections left the opposition National Renewal party was the largest political force in the country, with 16.1 percent of the vote.
The Christian Democrats, the largest party in Bachelet's coalition, dropped four points to 15.4 percent while Bachelet's Socialist Party remained virtually unchanged at 11.1 percent.


Updated : 2021-05-13 13:39 GMT+08:00