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Chile’s president-elect Bachelet names cabinet

January 24, 2014

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — President-elect Michelle Bachelet on Friday announced a new cabinet that she hopes will help her fulfill promises of reforming the education system, changing the constitution and reducing Chile’s vast income inequality.

Bachelet, who led Chile from 2006-2010, needs political experts with excellent negotiating skills to help strike deals in Congress to change dictatorship-era policies and steer the world’s top copper producing country at a time of slowing economic growth.

Nicolas Eyzaguirre, a Harvard-educated economist and former finance minister, was named education minister. Alberto Arenas, an economist and academic, was named finance minister.

Rodrigo Penailillo, a former cabinet chief and one of Bachelet’s most trusted advisors, becomes interior and security minister. Political scientist, Heraldo Munoz, a former ambassador to the Organization of American States, was named foreign relations minister. Aurora Williams, an engineer, was named to lead the key mining ministry.

Bachelet, a 62-year-old pediatrician and former political prisoner, begins her second mandate on March 11.

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