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    Chile’s Boric replaces justice minister after pardons row

    SANTIAGO (AFP) – Chile’s leader Gabriel Boric yesterday replaced his justice minister following a row over presidential pardons she had advanced.

    Boric granted 13 pardons at the end of last year on the recommendation of minister Marcela Rios, who was tasked with finalising the list.

    They were mainly for people convicted of crimes committed during the social uprising against inequality and rising living costs that started in October 2019 under his predecessor Sebastian Pinera.

    Pardons for those involved in the protests that left about 30 dead and 400 injured, had been a Boric campaign promise.

    But his decision was brought into question when it turned out one of the beneficiaries had previous convictions for robbery and theft.

    Opposition parties said they would seek to bring charges against the minister who advised the president.

    “Because there were shortcomings in the execution of my decision to grant pardons… I have decided to accept the resignation of Marcela Rios Tobar,” Boric announced yesterday.

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