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Chile Names Justice Minister After Scandal Forces Resignation

Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Chilean President Sebastian Pinera appointed Patricia Perez as justice minister after Teodoro Ribera resigned from the post following an education scandal, the government press office said in a statement late yesterday.

Perez is a lawyer who previously was deputy justice minister, according to the statement posted on the government website.

Ribera is accused of having ties to a former director of the university accreditation committee who is under investigation for bribery. Ribera denies any 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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