The elected president of Chile, Gabriel Boric, appointed on Friday a moderate cabinet for his future government and with the current head of the Central Bank at the head of public finances, which was well received by the markets.
The 35-year-old president described his ministerial train as “diverse”, with people of different origins and formations.
“This cabinet has the mission of laying the foundations for the great reforms that we have proposed to carry out in our program,” Boric said. after announcing the names of their future ministers.
In recent days, speculation began about the arrival of the respected economist Mario Marcel, who has been at the head of the governing body since 2016, to the Treasury office, which was greeted by the financial markets.
“The appointment of people like Marcel comes to strengthen the idea that it is a process of change, but not sudden, but slow. It has more logic in the sense that radical changes are much more complex,” said Miguel Angel López, professor from the University of Chile.
Marcel, a moderate expert who is linked to the Socialist Party although without militancy, one of his challenges will be to promote a tax reform promised by Boric.
“We assume with enormous affection and energy the challenge of consolidating the recovery of our economy without reproducing its structural inequalities. We are talking about sustainable growth accompanied by a fair redistribution of wealth,” said the young leader in his speech.
On the other hand, in the Ministry of the Interior, Boric appointed his ally and campaign manager, the internist doctor Izkia Siches, who had an outstanding public participation as president of the Medical Association during the covid-19 pandemic.
While, Marcela Hernando, former mayor and parliamentarian of the Radical Party of the northern region of Antofagasta, was appointed as Minister of Mining.
The National Mining Society (Sonami), which brings together the vital sector of the world’s largest copper producer, welcomed the appointments of Marcel and Hernando.
“Our sector is available to collaborate in the challenges of the sector, especially in times when mining is facing a highly competitive international scenario and a key situation for its future,” said Diego Hernández, president of Sonami.