On a visit to Mexico, President Gabriel Boric will meet with his counterpart Andrés Manuel López Workshop. During the day, the President led a breakfast with Mexican businessmen where he addressed the constitutional process in Chile.
Within the framework of his visit to Mexico, President Gabriel Boric held a meeting with businessmen from that country and Chileans. In the instance, the President addressed the constitutional debate that is being held in Congress after the social outbreak of October 2019.
The President asserted in his 20-minute speech in the Castillo Room of the Presidente Intercontinental Hotel that “we must dare to think of a different model.” He also referred to the current political scenario in the country, arguing that every crisis is an opportunity.
“When we are facing this climate crisis, when we are facing moments of great inequality on our continent as well. Thinking about the reactivation of the economy cannot mean going back to ground zero where we were just before the pandemic. But also daring to think of a different model, for example, promoting industries such as tourism”, said the President.
“The climate crisis is inescapable and post-pandemic economic recovery requires solutions sustainable and long-term”, he added.
Call to take care of democracy
During his speech, President Boric called to take care of democracy.
“Protecting and deepening our democracies is, from our perspective, essential to provide the necessary stability that will allow our countries to develop in an integral, equitable and sustainable manner. Political crises generally also lead to economic crises, and economic crises end up being suffered by the poorest,” he argued.
In his words, the social crisis of 2019 is “perhaps the biggest we have experienced in our years of recovery of democracy, in 1988, 1990”.
“The process had an important democratic setback”
“In the social crisis of 2019, we made a decision that was difficult at the time, which was to solve the problems of our country with more democracy and not less. And in that all the political forces and also the social forces have gradually become part of this process, which had an important democratic setback, that is, not a setback, that is, an important setback democratically executed, which it was the Plebiscite; the plebiscite a few months ago where the proposal that the Constitutional Convention made to the country was rejected,” he said.
In the same vein, President Boric stated that, despite what happened in the vote on of last September 4, there is a consensus on the idea of generating a new Magna Carta.
“Today there is full awareness, I hope, in the vast majority of political actors, that Chile needs a new Constitution (…) Clear rules are required. Build trust, but in my country trust is cracked, we are trying to rearticulate it ”, he pointed out.