SANTIAGO, Chile – Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday that she has asked all her Cabinet ministers to submit their resignations and she will decide who stays and who leaves in the next 72 hours.
Bachelet is faced with the lowest approval ratings of her political career, and recently acknowledged that corruption scandals have rocked her administration.
"Some hours ago I asked all of my ministers to submit their resignation," Bachelet said in a local Chanel 13 interview with Mario Kreutzberger, better known as Don Francisco, the popular host of "Sabado Gigante."
"This is the time for a Cabinet change."
Chile's corruption is among the lowest in South America. But trust in politicians and the business elite has been eroded amid a recent bank loan scandal involving Bachelet's son, as well as a campaign financing scandal involving right-wing politicians and a prominent financial company.
The recent controversy involving her family has taken a big toll on Bachelet's image, as she won the presidency last year promising to fight against Chile's inequalities.
A new poll shows Bachelet's approval rating at 31 percent in April, unchanged from March. That's the lowest for her current administration and her 2006-2010 presidency.
The survey was carried out by Gfk Adimark, which surveyed 1,049 people between March 7- 29. It has an error margin of 3 percentage points.