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The Administrative Directorate of the Presidency of Chile issued a resolution that updates the functions of the position of “First lady” and replace that term with “Irina Karamanos”, name of the couple President Gabriel Boric. This change unleashed criticism from several opposition leaders who expressed themselves on their social networks on Tuesday.

The document states that the “Cabinet Irina Karamanos”, which replaces the “Cabinet of the First Lady”, must “identify, propose and coordinate strategic guidelines and programmatic definitions for public politicsin order to contribute to the eradication of inequality and discrimination against historically excluded groups, with an intersectional approach, human rights and a gender perspective, initially with an emphasis on indigenous peoples, migration, gender and gender-sex diversity”.

“In the same way, he will participate in those private law foundations that do not pursue profit while he is responsible for presiding over their board of directors,” says the resolution.

Karamanos, an anthropologist and feminist leader, said two months before the change of command that she was going to assume the role of First Lady, but “with the commitment to reformulate it”.

“We have seen that the easiest thing would have been not to change anything, so we are going to get to work,” he argued at the time, according to the Chilean media outlet La Tercera. He added that her place in government will be “to change the way the relationship between power and women in politics is seen.”


The former presidential candidate, José Antonio Kast (Republican Party), questioned the modification expressed in the resolution. “At what point did our Republic become a Monarchy? Why does Irina Karamanos have a cabinet with a first and last name? Why is the State at the service of them and not of the Chileans? Shame on you,” she posted on her Twitter account.

The deputy Juan Antonio Coloma (Independent Democratic Union) also criticized the resolution and announced that it will resort to the Comptroller. “Changing the name of the position” First Lady “for” Irina Karamanos “is typical of a Monarchy,” she wrote on her social networks

The Senator Francisco Chahuán (National Renewal)said that this modification is “a new example of the total disconnection of the government with the citizen mandate” and expressed that “the institutions remain and the people pass”.

Mario Desbordes, leader of the National Renewal, stated that “the essence of public positions” is that they are “impersonal”. “The one who has a cabinet is the minister, mayor, etc, not the person who holds the position. I hope they fix it fast“He posted on his Twitter account.

For him Senator Matthias Walker (Christian Democrats), “it is one thing to try to put an end to democratic institutions with centuries of history; but rreplacing the impersonal character of institutions is a mistaker, so essential, that there is no other option but to correct it tomorrow”.

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