Chile's new government: Running to rebuild a shaken country

The Economist


HE HAS always been hyperkinetic. But taking office as Chile’s president just 12 days after a devastating earthquake has thrown Sebastián Piñera into a frenzy of activity. No sooner had he been sworn in on March 11th as the country’s first elected right-of-centre leader in half a century than he was off on a helicopter tour of the damage from a big aftershock, cancelling lunch with seven visiting Latin American presidents. Having set up an emergency committee under his interior minister to handle the disaster, Mr Piñera is doing much of the work himself, holding cabinet meetings late

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