September 20, 2022 15:01 GMT
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Chilean President Gabriel Boric is delivering a defence of his domestic reform agenda in an address the UN General Assembly, suggesting that his administration will continue attempts to legislate a new Chilean constitution.
- Livestream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpnpBS1Zsts
- Boric: "The trade war between US and China, which began under the Trump administration, destabilised the global economy."
- Boric on his planned reforms: "Chile is currently experiencing an intense political process.... the Chilean development model has kept a high concentration of wealth, leading us to be one of the most unequal countries in the world."
- Earlier this month, a constitutional proposal was overwhelmingly rejected at a plebiscite 62% to 38% on the grounds the proposal was too radical. A drive now underway to redraft a second constitutional proposal and reestablish a mandate for Boric's administration.
- Boric: "The results [of the constitutional plebiscite] are the expression of a citizenry that calls for change without putting its current achievements at risk."
- Boric: "One of the major challenges is to build democracy that will be speaking to the freedom of its citizens. I am convinced Chile will have a constitution that will make us proud with justice and liberty."