Latin America

Boric vows to repeal dictatorship legacy in first speech after inauguration

Chile’s new president appealed to leftists and centrists alike and focused on women’s rights, inequality and a change in approach to indigenous peoples

Gabriel Boric was sworn in at Chile's 34th president. Photo: Elvis González/EFE via Folhapress
Gabriel Boric was sworn in at Chile’s 34th president. Photo: Elvis González/EFE via Folhapress

The anger and discontent displayed by hundreds of thousands of Chileans during the landmark 2019 protests turned into hope and celebration for many yesterday, as a joyful crowd took to downtown Santiago’s Constitution Square to welcome President Gabriel Boric into office.

Boric, a former student leader who came to prominence in Chile’s university protests a decade ago, was a member of parliament when the demonstrations erupted. He led efforts to stop police repression and draft a new constitution to replace the dictatorship-era text, eventually turning into one of the faces of political change and going on to become the youngest...

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