There will be no more “first lady” in Chile: Gabriel Boric’s partner dissolves his official role and transfers his social functions to ministries

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After the changes in the foundations that she leads, the role as First Lady
After the changes in the foundations that she leads, the role as First Lady “would end with these institutional modifications,” said Irina Karamanos. (Photo Twitter @IrinaKaramanos)

Irina Karamanos, partner of President Gabriel Boric and Sociocultural Coordinator of the Presidency of Chile, announced that she will leave La Moneda and that the process that will put an end to the position of First Lady has begun.

At a press conference, the political scientist with studies in anthropology and educational sciences explained that the presidencies of the foundations that she is in charge of as Coordinator will be defined by different ministries, and that “the first ladies as figures will no longer be the ones who preside over the directory.”

After this announcement it was detailed that the presidencies of the Integra directories, the Tiempos Nuevos Foundation, which coordinates the Mirador Interactive Museum (MIM) and Chilenter will be appointed by the Ministry of Education. In the case of Prodemu (Promotion and Development of Women), the head will be defined by the Minister of Women and Gender Equity, Antonia Orellana, while the position of Crafts of Chile and the Foundation of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Chile (FOJI), will be decided by Julieta Brodsky, Minister of Culture.

After these movements, in the foundations that were in his charge “a stage of gradual and definitive approach of the foundations to the ministries begins, in order to achieve programmatic stability”, and that the role as First Lady “would end these institutional modifications,” she said.

The valuable work done by all the first ladies gave rise to projects with a very important public and social role. Today we ensure the continuity of all this, strengthening all the foundations and linking them closely with the sectoral ministries”, he detailed.

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Chilean President Gabriel Boric, along with Irina Karamanos, have always been critical of the work of the position of First Lady.
Chilean President Gabriel Boric, along with Irina Karamanos, have always been critical of the work of the position of First Lady.

After these words, the president of Chile, Gabriel Boric, supported his partner through social networks. “The step that @IrinaKaramanos takes today responds to an institutional innovation, a reflection of the commitment to probity and new ways of doing politics. We promote coordinated work between ministries and fulfill the objectives of the foundations”, he wrote.

During Boric’s presidential campaign in 2021, the woman showed her objections to the figure of the First Lady. In an interview she stated that “It is a position that deserves to be rethought, because we are in different times, many things have changed”.

For his part, President Boric maintained in July of last year that the role of the First Lady “makes no sense. There cannot be positions in the State that have to do with or are related to the relationship of the President or to anyone”.

With his departure from La Moneda, the Coordinator announced that it will continue to accompany the president in his presidential role, but in other ways. “This process does not change the fact that I am a partner and partner of the President (Gabriel Boric) and, furthermore, a militant. I am going to continue supporting the President and my political project from now on from other places, not from the institutional space of government,” he concluded.

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