The opposition suffered on Tuesday a heavy defeat in the Chamber of Deputies, after two members of Chile Vamos were elected to the presidency and vice-presidency of the Corporation.
Specifically, the deputy of National Renewal (RN), Diego Paulsen, will preside over the House until March next year. Meanwhile, Francisco Undurraga (Evópoli) will hold the first vice presidency and PPD Rodrigo Gónzalez will assume the second vice presidency.
Deputy Paulsen managed to impose himself in the second vote by 58 votes against his DC peer Gabriel Silber, who got 56. In the first, the necessary quorum of an absolute majority was not achieved.
In the first vice presidency, Undurraga won 61 votes on rival Karol Cariola (PC), who drew 59 votes, and in the second, PPD Rodrigo González defeated UDI Jorge Alessandri 69 against 56.
The election of the official majority to preside over the Chamber of Deputies represents a heavy defeat for the opposition, which has a majority in Congress.
The day was not without tension. Several MPs pointed out that they would not vote for Gabriel Silber, either first or second round, alluding to last year’s episode – which cost the DC Member of The House presidency – a complaint of domestic violence that was subsequently known to have been sent by Deputy René Alinco’s secretary.
In this sense, the head of bank of the Radical Party (PR), Alexis Sepúlveda, said that he has had “concrete, palpable information that the situation of domestic violence is not clear (…) It’s a situation that’s not clear. Because of the background I have, it makes it impossible for me to vote for Gabriel Silber for the presidency.”