Tohá Morales

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Person.png Tohá Morales  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Carolina Tohá.jpg
Born12 May 1965
Santiago, Chile
Alma materUniversity of Chile, University of Milan
ParentsJosé Tohá
Member ofWEF/Young Global Leaders/2006
Mayor of the Chilean capital Santiago 2012-2016

Carolina Monserrat Tohá Morales is a Chilean politician from the Party for Democracy (Partido por la Democracia, PPD). She is the daughter of the socialist politician, vice president and minister of Salvador Allende José Tohá, who was killed during the Chilean dictatorship (1973–1990). She was the mayor of Santiago from 2012 to 2016.

Tohá entered politics in 1984 as a leader of the University of Chile student federation (Fech). During the presidency of Ricardo Lagos she was Deputy Minister Secretary General of Government. In 1999, she was vice-president of the PPD. In 2001, she was elected to the Chamber of Deputies — Chile's lower chamber of Congress — representing the Santiago district, and was re-elected in 2005.

She was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2006.

On 12 March 2009, she replaced Francisco Vidal in the Ministry General Secretariat of Government as spokesperson of the government, becoming the first woman to hold that post in the country's history. Her congress seat became vacant, as both positions are incompatible with each other in times of peace. She was replaced by Felipe Harboe. On 14 December 2009, she left her government post to lead Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle's presidential run-off campaign. In 2010, she was elected president of the PPD. On 28 October 2012, she was elected mayor of Santiago by an absolute majority, ending the right's 12-year rule over a key municipality. In 2016, she lost the election.


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