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Chilean president's son resigns amid questions about family business

Saturday, February 14th 2015 - 06:41 UTC
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Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's son resigned Friday from an unpaid post in her administration amid questions about his wife's business affairs. Read full article


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  • ManRod

    actually, this is a good example, that there is more than hope for Chile. No law was broken, though the quite high ethic and moral standards demand the stepdown of the son in law of the president of the state. In EVERY other state in this continent, they would have laghed you in the face. It happens and it's not even worth the News...just look at Kirchners son.

    Feb 15th, 2015 - 03:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Shileno Turnip at (1)

    Your level of ignorance is just flabbergasting....
    Sebastian Dávalos is President Bachelet's SON, not her son in law...
    Anyhow, actually this is a good example, that there is more than hope for Chile. No law was broken, though the quite high ethical and moral standards of the Shilean left movement, demand the step down of the SON of the president of the state.
    Quite different from the story about the hundreds of millions of dollars the right wing Ex-President Piñera and his “friends” made from the HidroAysen scandal and other niceties..
    Not to mention the ~ 40.000.000 U$S stolen by our unforgettable Pinochet...

    Feb 15th, 2015 - 06:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    I would trust so much more in the ethical and moral standards of the Chilean left if it hadn't taken best part of a decade and pressure from the right to halt hijito de mami's meteoric non-meritocratic career.

    I agree with ManRod that even the reluctant adherence of our left to their own principles is far preferable to the blatant nepotism that is the norm over the Andes. And as for Patagonian represas/presidential back-handers ... saca primero la viga de tu ojo, y entonces verás con claridad para sacar la mota del ojo de tu hermano, hermano.

    Feb 16th, 2015 - 02:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    He is the son of the President, but I otherwise completly agree completly with your thought.
    Over the past 20 years, there have been minor cases as well that members of the PS, PC and the DC have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar. Mind you that the Penta scandal has hurt the UDI and the RN, in the end this will be good for strengthing Chile's ethics standards. Corruption in government is evil.
    Since 1990, no president has been legitimately accused of enriching themselves from the state. HidroAysen was a project developed PRIOR to Piñera's administration and the many “consultants” that were involved were members from the right and left. Thankfully Chileans killed the HidroAysen nightmare.

    Feb 16th, 2015 - 02:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CaptainSilver

    Think, you are such an expert on SA affairs! Now please explain from what legitimate source CFK has enriched herself whilst the Peso sinks and indiginous children in the north starve?

    Feb 16th, 2015 - 04:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Jold iur Jorses..., hermanitos Shilenos...

    I Think we all are in agreement about this topic...
    - “Corruption is evil”-, punto aparte.

    I just want to say that, in the perceived non expert opinion of this humble Patagonian dweller, the lack of corruption in Shile has been grossly exaggerated... as has its over-abundance in Argentina...

    Feb 16th, 2015 - 05:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    To test your “non expert opinion” you could drive over to Coyhaique in an car with Argie plates. You could then drive from there to Tacna before you find an official of law enforcement who would try to extort money from you. However, if you were to drive from Coyhaique to Argentina then head north to the tropic of Capricorn in a car with Chilean plates ... you would quickly and frequently discover just how over-abundant corruption is in Argentina.

    Given our renowned incredulity, why would we be willing to accept an grossly exaggerated notion of lack of corruption in Chile?

    Feb 16th, 2015 - 06:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (7) Hermanito Shileno
    I'm sure you are quite right...
    The “maldita policía” is still one of our “materias pendientes”...
    Maybe we should bribe your Pacos to defect and work for us ;-)

    Anyhow... Remember always to hold a watchful eye on personages like Andrónico...
    Such have no nationality.

    Feb 16th, 2015 - 07:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    Mr Think, Chile #26 in the world corruption index. Whereabouts is your (alleged) homeland? And… .why is that? Is your country more corrupt than Chile?

    Feb 16th, 2015 - 07:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    odd that confirmed misogynist paulie is not commenting on her looks, like he does with any US/UK photo.
    I 'think' he missed a trick here.
    Maybe he was too busy studying at 'one of the most prestigious Intitutes in Catalonia'.....

    Feb 17th, 2015 - 01:57 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    @8 Think
    Pending is generous descriptor. It is a disaster and getting worse.

    The Pacos de Chile are regularly voted to be the institution most trusted by the people - an outcome impossible in any other country in the region. The transition from functioning and feared to functioning and loved, one of the great successes of the return to democracy.

    Any how, in the while I'll hold an eye on the likes of Andrónico and you do the same for the likes of Báez.

    Feb 17th, 2015 - 11:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (11) Condorito

    As you maybe can infer from my old post below..., someone is indeed holding a watchful eye on our Mr. Baez...:
    “It is with great pleasure that I can inform you that Mr. Lázaro Baez has, as it can be read in yesterday's papers..., decided to donate all the proceedings of the expropriation of the land of his property to be flooded by the two dams, to the Ministry of Education of the Santa Cruz province for the construction and maintenance of rural schools.
    This is, of course, his own generous and personal decision, not at all influenced by some “Thinking” elements monitoring his dubious business deals during the last many years...
    Think is happy...

    Do you have anything similar on your Andrónico?

    Feb 17th, 2015 - 05:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    That is good news about Báez, but don't sing victory yet. I am sure his participation will be miraculously revived like his namesake was.

    Andrónico and family are historically the most generous givers at the Teletón. In the recent event they gave approx US 4.000.000 . They do this every year.

    Feb 19th, 2015 - 12:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Andrónico and Lázaro...
    Two generous, kindred spirits, indeed ;-)

    Feb 19th, 2015 - 06:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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