SANTIAGO ( Associated Press) — President Gabriel Boric suffered a defeat in the Senate with the rejection of his appointment as the new national prosecutor, which needed 33 votes in favor for approval. The Chamber’s refusal forced the Supreme Court to conduct another pre-selection with a new applicant for the head of the Ministry of Public Affairs.
The government lacked votes from the left-wing ruling party, with the right-wing opposition closing ranks against the name proposed by Borić for the national prosecutor.
33 votes were needed in favor of appointing José Morales Opazo to the Public Ministry, but only 31 were obtained. Six senators spoke against it and eight abstained from voting. In the latter, three left the benches of the government coalition, Approve Dignity.
The appointment of a new national prosecutor comes in the context of protests and insecurity in the country South America, due to an increase in organized crime, murders and crime.
The National Prosecutor is appointed in Chile by the President of the Republic, who chooses one of five candidates proposed by the Supreme Court and must be confirmed by a two-thirds of the 50 votes of the Senate.
After a failed appointment, the Supreme Court has 10 days to complete a quina. From that pre-selection, Boric would choose a new name within a period of five days and it would again go through the Senate, which would then have to rule over the next five days. The process will be repeated as many times as necessary.
The senators who abstained or abstained argued against what they described as the malfeasance of public ministry. They were not specifically disapproving of Morales Opazo, as they specified.
Pro-government Senator Alejandra Sepúlveda announced that her vote was not against Borić or the government. They believe that Morales Opazo does not have the necessary force to lead the necessary changes to the public ministry. “He was not the best person to lead the prosecution for eight years,” he said.
Criticism of the public ministry’s work has centered on the rise in crime in the country as well as the low achievement of effective prosecutors, the lack of special prosecutors, the immunity of citizens from the unit to persecute, and the lack of prosecutors.