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In a speech at the UN, Boric says that the rejection of the new Constitution was not a defeat for his government

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Presidente do Chile alegou que “um governo nunca pode se sentir derrotado quando o povo fala”

President of Chile claimed that “a government can never feel defeated when the people speak”| Photo: EFE/EPA/JASON SZENES

In his first speech at the United Nations General Assembly Heads of State debate, the president of Chile, Gabriel Boric, who took office in March of this year, denied that the rejection of the proposal for a new Constitution for the country was a defeat for his government.

In the beginning of the month, 42% of Chileans voted in a referendum to reject a new text for the Magna Carta. The proposal, considered radical by many, had been drawn up by a progressive majority constituent assembly, elected after the protests against center-right president Sebastián Piñera between 1563 and 1563.

In New York, this Tuesday (15), Boric said that a new constituent process is under discussion and defined the current Chile “as a country in search of new formulas to build this meeting point for all Chileans.”

“My personal option in this referendum was to approve the proposal for a new Constitution, but the result was the opposite. Some saw the referendum result as a defeat for the government. In all humility I say to you: a government can never feel defeated when the people speak. In democracy, the popular word is sovereign and guides all governments”, argued the leftist president.

“Unlike in the past, when differences in Chile were resolved in blood and fire, today we Chileans agree to face our challenges democratically” , added Boric.

The Chilean president stated that one of the main challenges facing the world today is “precisely to build democracies that really speak to citizens and listen to them”.

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“The demand that citizens make with increasing force for the so-called liberal representative democracies does not can be underestimated, but it must be faced with more democracy, never less”, he pointed out.

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