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Chilean Presidential Candidates Announce Plans against Corruption
27 Sep 2005
Chilean Presidential Candidates Announce Plans against Corruption
Santiago de Chile, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) The issue of corruption in the highest political circles of the Chilean government was taken up by all the presidential candidates this week, who promised severe measures to prevent irregularities in public administration.


The reactions came after statements by Ricardo Lagos Weber, son of Chilean President Ricardo Lagos and former official of the Chilean Foreign Affairs Ministry, who said that having relatives in the government generates a lot of difficulties in the family.



The Chilean Executive has been involved in many scandals due to appointing many friends and relatives to high government positions and allowing juicy contracts between private firms and state enterprises.



According to most recent polls, most Chileans complain of government corruption, and the candidates responded with their plans to stop it.



Socialist Michelle Bachelet said she would not place relatives in government positions in her administration.



Ultra-rightwing Democrat Independent Union representative Joaquin Lavin called to stop secrecy in government.



Millionaire entrepreneur Sebastian Piñera, candidate for conservative National Renovation, said that public administration should show more responsibility.



Tomas Hirsch, candidate for leftwing Juntos Podemos Mas, said "there shouldn´t be contracts for relatives of prime political level figures," clearly referring to criticism of President Lagos.



Piñera and Lavin agreed that contracts signed by public institutions should be open to public view, and Lavin criticized the vagueness of some government officials.



All the presidential candidates formulated proposals to regulate the Executive and promote laws in the Legislature.

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