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Chilean president defends post-quake reconstruction

02-16-2011 15:39 BJT

SANTIAGO, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Tuesday defended the government's post-quake reconstruction criticized by the opposition for its inefficiency.

"Our government, despite the insolent campaign of some people, is a government which has as guide and inspiration fulfilled its commitments," Pinera said during a ceremony.

"The government is committed with a spirit of unity to the reconstruction, and sometimes it hurts to see that in some sectors there is a sentiment of obstruction that makes the work difficult," he said, adding the reconstruction is everybody's responsibility.

The opposition has blasted the reconstruction work which began soon after the 8.8-magnitude quake devastated the country on Feb. 27 last year, saying the government has given subsidies to urban families not actually affected by the earthquake.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter said he believed it was "because the opposition has not been able to understand the real dimension and size of its role."

The quake struck south-central Chile and triggered a tsunami, killing 500 people and leaving some 800,000 homeless.

The main part of Chile's post-earthquake reconstruction was to rebuild public works and subsidize affected families.

However, the opposition has criticized the government's inefficiency in allocating the subsidies and the lack of transparency in the reconstruction.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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