After spending several days in silence due to the communication controversies that she starred in, the Minister of the Interior, Izkia Siches, came to the crossroads of a series of speculations that refer to her loss of gravitation and influence in the ministerial political committee, along with highlighting her commitment to show an attitude that accounts for higher levels of “serenity and temperance” in the exercise of her office.
On her “excess of spontaneity”, a condition that would have made her take a series of false steps -especially the controversy over the false information about the flight with Venezuelan migrants that was “returned” to Chile-, Minister Siches said in an interview with El Mercurio that “there is part of my essence that I cannot lose, and that allows me to stay connected with the needs of people. But it is necessary to transmit the serenity and temperance that the office demands.”
“I have been able to talk with former interior ministers and I have found voices that, rather than pretending to teach, empathize with the difficult moment that the country is experiencing, perhaps the most complex since the return to democracy: social and economic crisis, humanitarian crisis in the north, the exponential increase in violence in the south, the increase in homicides and organized crime.” added Siches, who declared himself to be up to the enormous challenge that this government has ahead: “We are in a very initial period to take stock. I believe that the President defined nominating me as Minister of the Interior, because today more than ever it is necessary to build State policies, and for this it is necessary flexibility and spirit of dialogue with all sectors. That has not changed.”
On the missteps taken by some ministers in this complex installation process, the Interior Minister slipped a hypothesis: “A lot of willingness of ministers to show work very quickly. And it is not simple, the reforms, the processes of transformation and centuries-old conflicts are not going to be resolved overnight.”
About the possible difficulties with the Undersecretary of the Interior, Manuel Monsalve, around the existence or not of “political prisoners”, Siches clarified that “they are minor differences, I alluded to the poster they showed in the attack. I am fully in tune with what was said by both Minister Jackson and the Undersecretary.” And he added, bluntly: “We have not had disputes, difficulties or differences.”
In the same way, Izkia Siches denied that he has lost ground in the political committee within the cabinet and denied differences with other members of that body. “I leave it as press speculation. It is false. I am part of the political committee and I have never had friction,” she said, while denying having been removed from the political negotiations in the framework of the vote on the fifth withdrawal of pension funds.
“Maybe you see an absence in parliament, but I want to be clear; I participated in political committees late into the night, discussing the strategy. I want to relieve the role of Minister Jara, Ministers Jackson and Marcel. It was a strategy that had risk, but a responsible and flexible commitment to the well-being of the country,” he said.
“It was a bad policy that was justified by the inability of the former government to respond,” added Minister Siches, referring to the withdrawal of pension funds.