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Ministry of the Interior (Chile)

The Ministry of the Interior is the cabinet-level administrative office in charge of "maintaining public order, security and social peace" within Chile. It is also charged with planning, directing, coordinating, executing, controlling and informing the domestic policies formulated by the President of Chile. As responsible for local government, the minister supervises all non-elected regional authorities.

The present Minister of the Interior is Rodrigo Hinzpeter . His Undersecretary of the Interior is Rodrigo Ubilla Mackenney and the Undersecretary of Regional Development is Miguel Flores Vargas. In the absence of the President of Chile, the Minister of the Interior becomes Vice-President.


During the first days of the independence movements, the senior "secretary" of the respective Junta would function as the Secretary of Government. The office officially first came to be on October 27, 1812, when it was one of the two secretariats created by the Constitutional Norms approved on that date. It was then named Secretariat of the Interior. It was abolished in 1814 by the Spanish authorities when, after the Battle of Rancagua, they re-asserted royal power.

In 1818, after independence, the secretariat was re-established, but this time as a "Ministry of Government" (1817-1818) later renamed "Ministry of the Interior and Foreign Affairs" (1829-1871). During this period, its functions normally subsumed the future Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was separated as an independent government administration in 1871. This ministry has undergone several reorganizations during its long history, reflected in its different names:

Ministry of Government (1817-1818)

Ministry of Government and Foreign Affairs (1818-1829)

Ministry of the Interior and Foreign Affairs (1829-1871)

Ministry of the Interior (1871 - present)

The function of chief of government was un-officially assumed by the Minister of the Interior (1891-1925).


Patria Vieja period

Ministers of Government and Foreign Affairs

Ministers of the Interior and Foreign Affairs

Ministers of the Interior

Additional information

See also

Foreign relations of Chile

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile


External links

Official Website of the Ministry of the Interior of Chile

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