Conservative businessmen, academics and technocrats debut on national stage
News analysis by Steve Anderson
President-elect Sebastian Piñera on Tuesday named a cabinet of mostly conservative businessmen, academics and technocrats, many of whom cut their professional teeth as supporters of the 17-year military regime of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
President-elect Sebastian Pinera arrives in Plaza de Armas in Santiago yesterday to announce
his cabinet appointments. Tony Lazarin, Santiago Times
The 22 new cabinet ministers were announced at an event held at the National History Museum late in the afternoon and included economist Felipe Larrain as Finance Minister, Juan Andres Fontaine as Economy Minister, Alfredo Moreno as Foreign Minister and Rodrigo Hinzpeter as Interior Minister. Other important new cabinet members are Ena Von Baer, Secretary General to the Government; Cristian Larroulet, Secretary General to the President; Jaime Mañalich, Health Minister.Login to read more.
Publisher and journalist Steve hails from Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he once served as a VISTA volunteer, taught school, practiced law and was involved in community affairs as a justice of the peace on the local Quorum Court. He was also involved in national affairs as an aide to Arkansas Congressman Bill Alexander (1st District). While busy making other plans, force majeure took him to Chile in 1987. In 1991, he launched the Chile Information Project (CHIP) and The Santiago Times as a hobby and spin-off from a project he began while working at the Catholic Church's Vicaria of Solidarity. After stringing for various international mining and fruit export publications, he now is trying to make his hobby into a business — perfecting The Santiago Times and giving life to The Valparaiso Times, Atacama Times and The Patagonia Times. Steve now lives just outside of Puerto Montt on his farm in the community of Panitao, where he works on The Patagonia Times and grows alerce trees. He enjoys spending lots of quality time with his media naranja María Loreto and his son Ray.