EspañolThe recent “Nueragate” scandal has generated a great deal of public outrage and distrust within Chile. President Michelle Bachelet’s son, Sebastián Dávalos, and his wife, Natalia Compagnon, allegedly received a CHL$6.5 billion (US$10 million) loan in exchange for political influence.
Curiously, Natalia Compagnon’s company received this hefty loan even though it only possessed slightly under $10,000 in capital. Dávalos resigned from his sociocultural director position shortly after the news broke.
Chile may be a model for the rest of Latin America to follow, but it is not completely exempt from the populism that has afflicted the region since its independence from Spain. The peddling of influence, vote buying, intimidation, cronyism, and demagoguery have all been fixtures of the Latin-American political experience for nearly two centuries.
Chile is, unfortunately, no exception, and this could be a sneak preview of the populist future that is to come.