Boric’s reflection on the defeat of Approval: “Advance gradually, but without giving up”

A phrase similar to the one coined by Michelle Bachelet to overcome the political crisis of 2015 was expressed by President Gabriel Boric in the act of commemoration of the 49th anniversary of the Coup d’état, where he once again reflected on the continuity of the constituent process after the defeat of approval in the exit plebiscite.

Victory makes you dizzy, makes you lose perspective; On the other hand, in defeat convictions are strengthened, it helps us to advance -as I believe, I have the conviction, that the people of Chile call us-, very decisively, gradually, but without giving up”.

The phrase is similar to the thesis of “realism without resignation”, a concept used by Bachelet’s second government in 2015 to define a change in political leadership and an adjustment of her cabinet, then punctuated by scandals such as the Caval and SQM cases. On that occasion, the former head of state reiterated that she would try to meet the objectives outlined in her government program, but that she recognized that she should act gradually.

The phrase marked the arrival at La Moneda of the new interior ministers, George Burgos (DC), and Treasury, Rodrigo Valdes (PPD), who represented the more moderate soul of the then New Majority. This meant leaving Rodrigo Peñailillo (PPD) from Interior and from Albert Arenas (PS) from Treasury.

In his words this Sunday, Boric also assured that the government will “firmly defend the mandate by which we came here, which is a mandate of transformation, of dialogue, of generating decent living conditions for our people”. Along these lines, he pointed out that part of the change path included “take charge of having a new Constitution written in democracy”.

The Head of State also took advantage of referring to those who, according to him, “seem to slip that they want recular with respect to the commitments acquired with the people of Chile (…) There are some who seem to believe that defeat weakens us, destabilizes us; It is not necessary for them to lie, here we are working hard to build a fairer Chile”.

The President also reflected on the defeat of the I Approve option in the exit plebiscite, noting that the results of the vote “they are not appropriable by anyone in particular and do not make the mistake of believing that the fact that the text proposed by the Convention has been rejected means a rejection of the changes and transformations in Chile. That is not like that”.

With this, he emphasized that the defeat of the Approval occurred in a democratic contextunlike 49 years ago, in “which were the weapons, the violence, the ignominy and the betrayal… That is a reflection that is well worth making her feel strong”, adding that “I, and as a government, understand that the Democracy takes its time I am deeply convinced that during our period we will have a Constitution of which we can all be proud”.

Likewise, he referred to the continuity of the constituent process, pointing out that “we are working with Parliament to unite the necessary wills and reach agreements that allow outlining that future in the short term”.

The commemoration of the 49 years has a symbolism for the continuity of the constituent process, since the government itself has set as the final deadline for the new Constitution to be ready before September 11 of next year, when half a century of the coup d’état is completed. .

This was the case, for example, last week by the Minister of the Interior, Carolina Tohawho stated that “I would hope that when the 50th anniversary of the coup d’état is commemorated, we will have agreed on a new Constitution”which would put an end to the current Fundamental Charter of 1980, which emerged during a dictatorship.

Until now, the government has promoted the continuity of the constituent process by means of a new Convention, but has left the search for mechanisms for discussion in Congress.

However, the government has been criticized, especially from sectors such as Chile Vamos, for the lack of self-criticism regarding the results of the exit plebiscite, for having supported the option that was defeated.

In addition, the Boric government through its then ministers Segpres, George Jacksonand the spokeswoman, Camila Vallejo, affirmed that the roadmap of the reforms would be fulfilled if it won the Approval. “The government program, its depth, also depends to a great extent on what happens on September 4,” Vallejo said, for example, on June 6.

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