This Friday afternoon, President Gabriel Boric appointed the lawyer Ruth Israel López as the new advisor to the State Defense Council (CDE).
Until her appointment, the lawyer worked as financial lawyer of the CDE, a position she has held since September 2017 and will take up her duties as successor to María Inés Horvitz, who resigned from her position on September 6th.
The retired consultant joined the organization in 1990 as a criminal defense attorney and was appointed consultant in 2006. A week ago he presented his resignation in a letter to the president of the CDE, Raúl Letelier, explaining personal reasons for the decision taken.
Israel López, a lawyer at the University of Chile and professor of procedural law, will take up the position on October 1st. He has also attended courses at the Catholic University of Chile.
At CDE, which she joined in 1994, she worked as a litigator. Between 2011 and 2016, she also served as Head of the Prosecution Department of the Comptroller General of the Republic and then returned to the CDE.
The appointment of Israel López follows the request of the lawyers, members of the CDE, who have asked President Boric that whoever holds Horvitz’s position should be a career civil servant and not someone outside, which they did in an open letter expressed.
In the letter signed by Marcelo Guerra Silva of the National Bar Association of the CDE, they claimed: “We believe that council officials should have priority over people outside the institution, which, by the way, maintains an appropriate harmony with the spirit of the norms of the administrative statute and priorities that your government has expressed.”