SANTIAGO- President Sebastian Piñera has started moving faster on choosing ambassadors. Recently, the head of state has appointed representatives to several countries. Piñera’s naming of diplomats this term is considered the slowest of the last three administrations.
Chile’s President Sebastian Piñera has named 16 new ambassadors during the last month. Piñera’s work on the ambassadors had been criticized by parliamentarians as the slowest of the last three administrations. Senators’ concern was based on the delay about the naming of ambassadors after more than three months of government. After the parliamentarians’ declarations, foreign affairs minister Roberto Ampuero communicated that 25 ambassadors were confirmed to continue in their posts, and the rest were to be named.
Several representatives have been set so far. According to Ampuero, Piñera appointed two female ambassadors to promote gender equality, namely Cecilia Mackenna Echaurren for Germany and Gloria Navarrete Pinto for Austria.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the rest of the new ambassadors are:
- Rodrigo Fernandez: to Israel
- Domingo Arteaga: to Mexico
- Germán Becker: to Panamá
- Octavio Errázuriz: to Italy
- Hernán Bascuñán: to Sweden
- David Gallagher Patrickson: to the United Kingdom
- Roberto Ubilla Quevedo: to Finland
- Enrique Barriga Larraín: to Honduras
- Jaime Chomalí Garib: to Vietnam
- Mauricio Hurtado Navia: to Cuba
- Patricio Pradel Elgueta: to the Czech Republic
- Luis Schmidt Montes: to China
- Renato Sepúlveda Nebel: to El Salvador
Editor-In-Chief Boris van der Spek is the founder of Chile Today. He worked in Colombia, Surinam and the Netherlands as reporter and works with international media during major events, like the social crisis, the elections and the Pope’s visit.