Michelle Bachelet appoints Mario Fernandez Baeza as Interior Minister


Chile’s Minister of Interior and Public Security, Jorge Burgos Varela, has resigned his portfolio and been replace by Mario Fernandez Baeza.

Fernandez, 68, has a degree in Law and Social Sciences from the School of Law, University of Chile and a doctorate from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He taught law at a number of universities including the Universidad Diego Portales, the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and the University of Chile.

He is a member of the centre-left Christian Democratic Party and has previously served as Minister of National Defence (2000 – 2002) and Secretary General of the Presidency (2002 – 2003). In 2005 he was appointed minister of the Constitutional Court of Chile, a post he held until 2011 when he joined the consultancy Latinus and went back into teaching. In 2014 he was made Chile’s ambassador to Austria and then was moved to Uruguay in 2015.

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