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Chile’s Boric Fires Minister Accused of Contacting Extremist

Chile’s Social Development Minister Jeanette Vega, center, with members of the Mapuche community
Chile’s Social Development Minister Jeanette Vega, center, with members of the Mapuche communitySource: Bloomberg

Chile’s President Gabriel Boric announced his first cabinet change less than six months into his administration after reports that one of his ministers tried to contact a radical indigenous activist.

Boric said he accepted the resignation of Social Development Minister Jeanette Vega after local news service Ex Ante reported Thursday that one of her advisers had spoken with Hector Llaitul, leader of the CAM indigenous organization.