|Major of Santiago|
6 December 2012 – 6 December 2016
|Preceded by||Pablo Zalaquett|
|Succeeded by||Felipe Alessandri|
|Leader of the Party for Democracy|
15 May 2010 – 11 June 2012
|Preceded by||Pepe Auth|
|Succeeded by||Jaime Quintana|
|Ministry General Secretariat of Government|
12 March 2009 – 14 December 2009
|Preceded by||Francisco Vidal|
|Succeeded by||Pilar Armanet|
|Born||Carolina Monserrat Tohá Morales
12 May 1965
|Political party||Party for Democracy (PPD)|
|Spouse(s)||Nolberto Salinas (Divorced)
Fulvio Rossi (2005–2010)
Jaime Madariaga (2011–present)
|Alma mater||University of Chile
University of Milan
|Website||Carolina Tohá official web site|
Carolina Monserrat Tohá Morales (born 12 May 1965) is a Chilean politician from the Party for Democracy (PPD). She is the daughter of Socialist politician, Vice President, and minister of Salvador Allende José Tohá, murdered during the Chilean dictatorship (1973–1990). She was the mayor of Santiago in from 2012 to 2016.
Tohá made her debut in 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 reelected in 2005.
On 12 March 2009 she replaced Francisco Vidal in the Ministry General Secretariat of 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 quit her government post to lead Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle's presidential runoff 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.
Tohá has a law degree from the University of Chile and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Milan. She is married (though currently estranged) to physician and Socialist deputy Fulvio Rossi and has two children from an earlier partner.
Irregular financing from SQM
In May 2016, the Chilean Public Ministry began to investigate the irregular financing from Soquimich (SQM) to her party (being one of the edges of Soquimich case) whilst she was president of the PPD through false vouchers issued by Chile Ambiente — foundation linked to the party, controlled by Patricio Rodrigo (PPD's militant too)[clarification needed] — between 2011 and 2012 which made possible the reception of CLP$57 million.
On 15 May, she in a press released declared: "I would like to clarify that, as president of the PPD, the financing arrangements that I supported were attached to the law "(...). I did not ask Patricio Rodrigo, neither direct nor indirectly, any matter related to the party's financing". Nevertheless, on 22 May, her declarations were in question, because it was reported that in 2011 she had signed a certificate that was given to Servel to register the foundation Chile Ambiente as a party's political formation institute, empowering the body that directs Patricio Rodrigo to receive donations for the PPD.
- "Historias que unen al PPD con SQM (Parte I)". La Tercera. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
- Biography from the Chilean Congress Library (In Spanish)
Media related to Carolina Tohá at Wikimedia Commons
|Ministry General Secretariat of Government