Gabriel Borek, who promises to transform Chile, takes over as president

SANTIAGO – Gabriel Boric, who was elected president of Chile, took office Friday in a ceremony, around 12:00 p.m. local time, in Congress Hall of Honorin the central Valparaíso region, amid expectations of his promise to transform the country.

The position taken marks a new milestone for what has already been interpreted as the beginning of a political cycle in Chile, where Borek cuts with the binomial Michelle Bachelet Sebastian Pinera Which, in turn, has ruled since 2006. But it also puts an end to the standards imposed by their predecessors.

At the age of 36, the former student leader becomes the youngest president in Chilean history and the most voted on the ballot. His rise also marks the arrival of a new political bloc to power, namely wide front. Founded in 2017, this left-wing coalition is distinguished by its progressive spirit and is trying to establish itself as an alternative to the traditional Chilean center-left parties. As major allies will have Communist PartyCamila Vallejo assumed the most important role as Minister, Spokesperson for the Government.

Borek will head a government that will be mostly womenIt was one of the first steps in his promise of equal government. The left intends to make structural changes in the midst of an economy that is showing the first signs of slowing. will be the High expectations from your managementwhich focused on improving the conditions of the lower and middle classes, which will constitute one of the biggest challenges in its management that begins today and ends in March 2026.

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Today they also swear New members of Congress from Chile.

Today’s agenda

The first thing Boric will do is have breakfast with neighborhood leaders from the Valparaíso region. As soon as this appointment is over, he will go to the Cerro Castillo Presidential Palace, located in the city of Viña del Mar, to get traditional photography With the ministry that will accompany him at the beginning of his administration, and then another government with the governors.

He is later expected to move to Congress to begin the transfer of power ceremonies around noon. He will receive the presidential sash from the hand of the President of the Senate, then O’Higgins’ pick from President Sebastian Pinera.

After the inauguration, Borek will serve a lunch to leaders and delegations visiting the country for a change of leadership.

He is expected to arrive at La Moneda Palace around 6:00 pm, and it will be around cAround 7:00 pm when he will give his first speech as head of statewhich is what I would have done from the Plaza de la Constitución in Santiago.

Who will attend the inauguration?

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, capacity has been reduced to 500 people, almost half of those who used to be at editorials conducted in Chile since 1990.

In addition to the 155 deputies and 50 Chilean senators, the law will also include departing and incoming government ministers, international authorities invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also Borek.

Since Wednesday, heads of state and diplomatic delegates have arrived in Santiago. The King Philip VI of Spain, Presidents of Argentina, Alberto Fernandez; from Peru, Peter’s Castle; from Ecuador, William Lasso; from Bolivia; Louis Ars; from Uruguay Louis Lacalle Bo; from Colombia, Evan Duke; From the Dominican Republic Louis Abenader; from Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benitez; Curaçao Prime Minister Gilmar Besas, among other prominent political figures, will attend the leadership change. Borek already met with some of them yesterday.

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Finally, the United States did not send its Vice President, Kamala Harris, as expected a few months ago. He will be replaced by a delegation headed by Isabella CasillasDirector of the US Small Business Agency, Chilean writer Isabel Allende, who has US citizenship, will also be on this delegation; Richard GlennChargé d’Affairs at the Embassy of the United States in Santiago; Brian NicholsAssistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, who has won since Borek’s, has not indicated that he will not go to his inauguration. But Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao has arrived. In addition, the next president has 26 invitations.

On the other hand, Vice President of Panama, Jose Gabriel Carrizo, and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Kiyoshi Odawara, will be in the position. The latter gave him a plush Pokémon, from the first generations of the video game series, which Borek received with pleasure.

Japan's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Kiyoshi Odawara, presents a Pokémon game to Gabriel Borek, President of Chile, before his inauguration on March 11.  Photo: Gabriel Borek Press

Nicaragua’s opponents to Daniel Ortega Sergio Ramirez, former Vice President of State, writer and Activist Gioconda Bailey. The ambassadors of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela are expected to attend.

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Likewise, the session will be attended by the Honorary President of the Advisory Council on Historical Memory in Mexico, Beatriz Gutierrez. Among the attendees, some were special guests of Borek such as former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff; Estella de Carlotto, President of the Grandmothers Company of Plaza de Mayo in Argentina; former Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera; Former Spain Minister and Academician Manuel Castells; British MP Jeremy Corbyn; Argentine composer, singer-songwriter Victor Heredia; Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro; Minister of Equality of Spain, Irene Montero (Podemos); Representatives of the indigenous peoples of Chile, among others.

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