The new president of Chile, the leftist Gabriel Boric, affirmed this Friday that he would not have reached this position without the social protests that shook the country’s social and economic model, in his first speech after his inauguration.
“The people of Chile are protagonists in this process. We would not be here without your mobilizations,” said the former student leader and now Chile’s youngest president from the balcony of the La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, before tens of thousands of followers who waited for him for hours after a long day of change of command.
“I want you to know that we did not come here just to fill positions, to generate unattainable distances, but to give ourselves body and soul to the commitment to make our country better,” the president proclaimed, to the applause of thousands of people.
At 36 years old, the former deputy and former student leader became this Friday the youngest and most voted president in the country’s history and the first president outside the great center coalitions that governed the last 30 years.
In this context, the president highlighted the need for a new constitution. “A constitution that unites us, that we feel as our own, a constitution that is born in democracy,” he stressed.
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