The Chilean parliament defines whether to start the process to remove a minister very close to Gabriel Boric

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Giorgio Jackson, the head of Social Development, was accused of poor performance in his duties

The Chilean parliament defines whether to initiate the process to dismiss a minister very close to Gabriel Boric


Cristián Torresfrom Santiago, Chile

The Chilean parliament defines whether to initiate the process to remove a minister very close to Gabriel Boric

Giorgio Jackson, current Minister of Social Development, is the target of a constitutional accusation seeking his dismissal

The document containing the arguments of the constitutional accusation was entered by parliamentarians from the Republican Party and accuses Giorgio Jackson,Minister of Social Development, for failing in the duty of supervision with respect to the National Corporation for Indigenous Development (CONADI), seriously infringing the Constitution and the laws, by violating the principle of administrative probity and for allegedly putting pressure on a former authority from his portfolio, the former Ministerial Regional Secretary, Patricia Hidalgo.

The current Minister of Social Development, Giorgio Jackson, who is now the target of the accusation, has a great friendship with President Gabriel since their days as student leaders. They have known each other for more than 10 years and both were parliamentarians, therefore it is interpreted that the action that seeks their dismissal is intended to be a hard blow to the first President.

The constitutional accusation has its historical origins in the impeachment English. It corresponds to the Chamber of Deputies of Chile to assume the role of accuser, once the process has been carried out, and the role of sentencing corresponds to the Senate, for which, after knowing the background of the accusation, it will decide as a jury. , that is to say, in conscience, limiting itself to declaring whether the defendant is not guilty of the crime with which he is charged. If the accusation is approved by the Senate, the dismissal of the position is produced and disqualification from performing any public function, whether or not it is by popular election, for a period of 5 years.

For the defense attorney for Minister Jackson, Claudia Sarmiento, the thesis put forward by the document that accuses the minister, his defendant, there is no valid argument. “We are convinced that the elements for its origin are not configured. The application that she and the accusers make of the grounds invoked is erroneous with respect to the express text of the Constitution,” he warns.

The position of the legal party representing Jackson establishes that the seriousness of the facts for which the head of the Social Development portfolio is accused, does not meet the level required to materialize the opposition's request. “In the present constitutional accusation, a series of facts are accused that in no case are serious enough to justify the use of this institution, even more so if we consider that some are reported in an erroneous and imprecise manner,” he adds.

The Chilean parliament defines whether to initiate the process to dismiss a minister very close to Gabriel Boric

Senate Chamber in Chile.

This is established in the document presented by the defense before the review commission in charge of processing the accusation in the Chilean Congress.

The following procedure is that the accusing party, in this case the Republican, gathers 70 votes to be able to approve this accusatory document, including the center-right and Chile Vamos, which make up the current opposition.

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The minister of the Secretariat of the Presidency, in charge of negotiations before the parliament as representative of La Moneda, Ana Lya Uriarte, referred to the legislative process that seeks to disqualify Jackson. In an interview for CNN Chile, said that “Giorgio Jackson, without a doubt, is a political figure who has projections into the future and leaving him disabled for five years from holding any public office, of course, may be part of a strategy (… ) In the case of an accusation that has no legal basis, it is possible to think, I cannot affirm, that part of the motivation to mark a strong political event, which means a cost in terms of political tension ”, he said.

For the deputy of the Socialist Party PS, Daniel Manoucheri,the accusation about minister Jackson “has no foundation and his only motivation is political”. “I regret that the deputies who gargle with the issue of crime are inviting authorities to waste their time instead of being concerned about crime or the economy, they have to be concerned about what a real show is political”, he warned.

On the other hand, from the opposition, doubts arose to support this accusation presented by the Republicans. The deputy for RN National Renewal, Andrés Celis is one of them. “I find it less and less merit from a technical-legal point of view. The accusations one cannot vote as a political revenge. My vote will be based on the technical-legal aspect and the only element could be that of the former seremi, but I have not seen any WhatsApp or document where he (Jackson) has instructed me to vote in a certain way. The only thing there are rumors or assumptions, “he stressed.

The plaintiffs move their pieces to gather the votes that are needed for the constitutional accusation, however there are several congressmen who do not define their vote, at least publicly.

The former member of the Party of la Gente PDG, one of the most representative members of the Chilean Congress, Víctor Pino, pledged the seven votes of the Independientes Social Cristianos bench in favor of the accusation. “We have made the determination that this accusation has sufficient merits to be approved. We are available to support this accusation, “he said.

The review commission of the constitutional accusation against the minister, dispatched with a negative report the accusatory libel. Specifically, deputy Bernardo Berger (IND-RN) voted in favor of this process, while Karol Cariola (PC), Ericka Ñanco (RD) and Clara Sagardía (IND-Frente Amplio) voted against. Meanwhile, parliamentarian Joaquín Lavín Jr. (UDI) abstained.

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