Tuesday, May 24

Gabriel Boric assumes the presidency of Chile: “I am proud that there are more women than men in this cabinet”

The progressive Gabriel Boric is the new president of Chile. “Before the people and peoples of Chile, I do promise,” said Boric with a huge smile in the upper house, where in a solemn ceremony he received the presidential sash and took the oath. “I am deeply proud of this cabinet. I am proud that there are more women than men and that is thanks to the feminist movement.”

Boric thus becomes the youngest president and with the highest number of votes in the country’s history, having obtained more than 4.6 million votes in the second round of elections last December.

In the Hall of Honor of the Senate, the new president of the chamber, Álvaro Elizalde of the Socialist Party, was in charge of crossing the O’Higgins sash to the new president.

Boric’s election is considered historic because it puts an end to the alternation in power between the two great center-left and center-right blocs since the return of democracy in 1990.

On Friday afternoon, when Boric arrives at La Moneda Palace, he will give his first speech as president, where he could replicate the conciliatory tone that marked the character of the words that followed the electoral victory in December.

Piñera dismisses La Moneda

Sebastián Piñera, twice president of his country, left La Moneda after four years of an administration marked by the social outbreak of 2019, the Pandora Papers scandal, the conflict in Araucanía, the urgency of economic reactivation and a deep crisis migratory in the north of the country.

“Mixed feelings. On the one hand nostalgia, pride of Chileans, also a sense of duty fulfilled,” the former president told the press.

“Although we had to face so many difficulties, we Chileans knew how to face well all the adversities that came our way. In a few more hours we will have a new President. I wish the best of luck to Gabriel Boric and his Government and that have wisdom, strength, resilience”.

The 2019 protests, which were marked by strong police repression, reduced the ability to set the pulse of the former president’s political agenda.

On the other hand, the northern border has been the scene since February 2021 of a deep migratory crisis where the Executive decided to reinforce the presence of the security forces and the situation has not been calmer for Piñera in the south, where Mapuche groups demand lands considered ancestral.