Los Angeles (USA), June 7 (EFE). – Chilean President Gabriel Borek said this Tuesday during his visit to the United States and Canada that businessmen “understand” the constitutional process taking place in the country and stressed that Chile is “safe and desirable for investment.”
The progressive president, who arrived in Los Angeles the day before for the Summit of the Americas after completing an official trip to Ottawa, explained that “different business leaders” told him they appreciated that “Chile chose more democracy in a time of crisis.”
Borek stressed that “the world’s businessmen are realizing that it is necessary to change and that it is necessary to adapt institutions to the current era. And this is exactly, in my view, what the foundational process seeks.” Press conference after a meeting with the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed Borrek, who took office last March, on Monday in Ottawa and met with businessmen from that country.
On Tuesday afternoon, the former student leader will participate in a round table organized by the American Chamber of Commerce, to which CEOs from various companies have been invited and which is part of the parallel activities of the Ninth Summit of the Americas.
Added Borek, who arrived after winning the presidential election by nearly 12 points over the far-right Jose Antonio Caste.
Chile initiated the constitutional process as a political way to dismantle the wave of mass protests against inequality that began in 2019 and left thirty people dead and thousands injured.
Much of society saw the drafting of a new constitution as an opportunity to change the current sub-role of the state, a vision that Borek shared.
The agreement drafting the new text, made up of 154 citizens, mostly independent progressives, will present the final proposal on July 4, which includes social rights such as public and public health, free and quality education, better pensions, and access to housing and to water.
The Basic Law will be submitted to a referendum on September 4, and if approved, it will replace the current constitution inherited from the regime of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) and considered by many to be the origin of the country’s great inequalities. Because of his neoliberal court.
The Chilean right, which won less than two-thirds in the constitutional convention, announced this weekend that it would vote against the motion, calling it “radical”, while the ruling party tends to give it the green light. EFE
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