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Chilean Justice Minister Ribera Resigns Amid Education Scandal

Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Chile’s Justice Minister Teodoro Ribera resigned today amid allegations he has ties to a former director of the country’s accreditation committee, or CNA, which improperly authorized some universities to operate.

Ribera, who in 2011 replaced Felipe Bulnes when he moved to the Education Ministry, announced his resignation on live television today. A member of President Sebastian Pinera’s National Renewal Party, Ribera previously was rector of Chile’s Autonomous University.

Ribera is accused of having ties to former CNA Director Luis Eugenio Diaz, who is under investigation for bribery and allegedly using Ribera to try to get a family member admitted to the Autonomous University. Ribera today denied allegations of wrongdoing.

To contact the reporter on this story: Randall Woods in Santiago at rwoods13@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Goodman at jgoodman19@bloomberg.net.

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