Sunday, December 3

President Boric’s first speech: “We are opening the great malls again”

He promised his position “before the people and peoples of Chile” and in his first message to the nation as the country’s new president, Gabriel Boric recalled that in the country that has made him the most voted president in its history “there is no one left “. From the Palacio de la Moneda, President Boric addressed his fellow citizens for the first time to remind them that he assumes office “with humility” and “aware of the difficulties of the mandate”, but also “with the conviction that only in the collective construction of a more dignified society we will be able to found a better life for all”.

“As Salvador Allende predicted almost 50 years ago, we are again, compatriots, opening the great malls where free men and women pass, to build a better society,” said Boric, the country’s youngest president, who had not born when Allende pronounced those words, in his last speech before his death as a result of the 1973 military coup.

“In Chile there is no one left over. We build democracy together and the life we ​​dream of can only be born from coexistence, dialogue, democracy, collaboration and not from exclusion,” said Boric, who asked to embrace “as a society” and “smile again” “Let this be the government of the people and let you feel it is your government,” he said, “and for that we are going to need everyone, government and opposition, businessmen and social movements.”

The new president affirmed from the balcony of La Moneda that this day “it was necessary to talk” but as of this Saturday, “everyone will work together.” A few words with which he drew a standing ovation from the plaza, recalling that in four years, in the next elections, the people of Chile will judge him “by our deeds and not by our words.”

Boric is the first president who is not part of the two center blocs that have governed the country since the return to democracy in 1990. He will also lead the first cabinet with more women than men on the continent and has promised that the feminist struggle will be a cornerstone of his government.

Engaged in student struggles and critical of the neoliberal model installed during the military dictatorship, Boric said that it is necessary to “redistribute” wealth in Chile, one of the most unequal countries in the region and where thousands of people came out en masse to demonstrate in 2019 in favor of a fairer model. “When wealth is concentrated only in a few, peace is very difficult,” he said in an emotional speech.

Aware that it will not be easy for him to carry out his broad agenda of reforms with a highly fragmented Parliament, the former deputy for the southern Magallanes said that his government “is not exhausted in its adherents” and that he will try to seek transversal agreements.