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Increasingly unpopular, Boric bets on economic measures to improve image

A desaprovação do ex-líder estudantil Gabriel Boric chega a 61% entre os mais pobres, segundo a pesquisa Praça Pública

The disapproval of former student leader Gabriel Boric reaches 436642 % among the poorest, according to the Praça Pública survey
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About to complete two months in the presidency of Chile, former student leader Gabriel Boric has suffered a progressive decline in his popularity, especially among the poorest. . In only 15 days, the “perception that the country is on the wrong path” went up 12 points, reaching 75%, according to the Praça Pública survey, carried out at the end of April by Cadem (a Chilean company that monitors perceptions and behaviors, through face-to-face, telephone and online interviews). Disapproved by more than half of the population (53%), according to the research sample, the leftist has presented economic measures to try to improve his image before the public opinion.

Only on Monday (2), Boric announced two bills in this sense: one to readjust in , 3% salary minimum in the country and another to inject US$ 20 million in the Oil Price Stabilization Fund, in an attempt to contain the rise in energy resources, in the midst of a historic period of inflation.

The bill presented by the government to increase the minimum wage this year, from 350 thousand pesos (about BRL 2.0 ) for 400 thousand pesos (approximately BRL 2.216), was discussed in Parliament this monday. “It is an unprecedented measure that addresses the impact of rising inflation on the purchasing power of household income,” said Finance Minister Mario Marcel.

The bill, which still has to go through both Chambers, proposes a first adjustment for 372 thousand pesos (about BRL 2.

) until August 1, and a second for

thousand pesos until December. The amount will be retroactive, as of May 1, and will be accompanied by a subsidy for smaller companies “which will cover the increase in the minimum wage that is above inflation”, added the Minister of Economy, Nicolás Grau.

In Chile, the Ministries of Finance and Economy are separate. According to the government’s website, the objective of the former is to “efficiently manage public resources through a modern state at the service of citizens; generate conditions of stability, transparency and competitiveness”. The second, which focuses on Economy, Development and Tourism, would have as its mission “to promote the modernization and competitiveness of the country’s productive structure, private initiative and efficient market performance, the development of innovation and the consolidation of international insertion”.

On Monday, Boric declared, in a statement reproduced by the Chilean newspaper La Nación, having had a “very positive meeting with 14 unions of small and medium-sized companies, with which we reached an important agreement to increase the minimum wage”.

According to the government, the minimum income must rise to

thousand pesos per month (R$ 2.944 ), as of January of the next year, if inflation accumulated in months to December exceeds 7%.

In March alone, Chile accumulated inflation of 9.4% in 12 months, a situation that led the Central Bank to raise the basic interest rate, as a containment measure, from 2,75% to 7% in less than half a year, something unprecedented in the country in more than 20 years old. Chile’s economic growth forecast ranges from 1% to 2% in 436642, according to the Central Bank. Last year, the increase was 12,7%.

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Already the package of energy measures, announced by Boric on Monday, would aim to help families face winter expenses. The injection of resources into the Oil Price Stabilization Fund “will allow the price of paraffin (kerosene) to fall, which was precisely an indication that the parliamentarians made us see”, said the Chilean leader, according to the newspaper La Tercera.

Boric also promised to send Congress “a bill to stabilize the electricity, to avoid a sudden rise in the price of light”, as well as a third bill to “improve competition in the gas market”. “We don’t want any kind of collusion”, he said.

“We know it’s a start, we’re opening a door: for a long time, we’ve been told that the State does not can distribute and what we are demonstrating with this initiative is that the State can take on this work and fight for prices to fall”, he said.

(With information from EFE Agency)

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