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70% of Chileans disapprove of Boric’s bias after pardoning those convicted in the 2019 riots

By Augustin Benito*

Disapproval of Chilean progressive-globalist President Gabriel Boric has reached 70%, and approval is at 25%, according to the latest Cadem Barometer.

The net difference between Chileans who reject him and those who approve is 45 points, the highest since the mandate began last March 11.

In addition, 72% reject the pardon of the 12 people convicted of various crimes concerning the violent protests of 2019.

In the case of Jorge Mateluna, the former guerrilla sentenced to 16 years in prison for a bank robbery, the percentage is 81%.

Gabriel Boric. (Photo internet reproduction)
Gabriel Boric. (Photo internet reproduction)

The Cadem poll had already shown that Boric was the first president without a honeymoon and that his approval rating in the first year was significantly lower than that of all other presidents.

That puts him in a very bad position at the beginning of the famous “winter” – the second and third years in office,” said Roberto Izikson, head of the Public Affairs and Quantitative Studies Department at the polling institute.

In this sense, he affirms that the poll “shows in this way the impact of the political crisis that triggered the series of mistakes related to the pardons” and concludes that “the political crisis of the pardons ultimately confirmed and reinforced the two main reasons that Chileans had for rejecting Boric.”

WHILE INSECURITY CONTINUES

Meanwhile, insecurity and violence continue in Chile. According to the progressive-leftist government’s latest official tally, 842 homicides were recorded in 2022, a 43 percent increase from the previous year.

In addition, 231 homicides were arrested, 20 percent more than in 2021, in a country where the highest risk rate was recorded in Tarapacá, in the north, where the number of homicides per 100,000 inhabitants is 10.3, more than double the national average of 4.6.

This region was followed by Arica and Parinacota, each with 8.5 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the newspaper El Mercurio.

The tally also recorded 272,000 robberies, while 27,780 kilos of drugs and over 3,500 weapons were seized in 2022.

Chile’s Chamber of Deputies has approved the constitutional reform process to kick off drafting a new Magna Carta in the once-so-admired South American country in 2023.

Following the vote in the lower house, which ended with 109 votes in favor, 37 against, and 2 abstentions, a panel of 50 people elected by citizens and a committee of 24 experts appointed by Congress itself will draft the country’s new constitution.

Thus, all members of the so-called “Constitutional Council” must be elected at the ballot box on May 7, while 12 experts will be appointed by the Chamber of Deputies and the other 12 will be selected by the Senate during March.

Votes against the mechanism, which proposes the start of a new constitutional process, came mainly from the Republican Party, which supported conservative Jose Antonio Kast in his presidential bid last year.

As with the constitutional project rejected by the public last year, which was openly aligned with the extreme left’s agenda, the eventual Magna Carta Magna that emerges from the current process would have to be approved by the people in a referendum next December.

Chilean President Gabriel Boric confirmed Saturday that he had accepted the resignation of his Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Marcela Ríos, who will be replaced by lawyer Luis Cordero.

This came amid controversy over pardons granted to people convicted during social unrest before Boric took office.

“Because there were irregularities in the execution of my decision to grant pardons, and considering the need to strengthen the political leadership of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, I have decided to accept the resignation of Marcela Ríos Tobar from this portfolio,” Boric explained.

For Boric, “in such situations in politics, we must assume our responsibilities,” he argued, referring to the announcement of the pardon of eleven people, while in the end, there were thirteen.

The opposition had criticized the minister and on Monday announced filing a constitutional complaint against Ríos, which could succeed even after her resignation.

The same action against Boric has not been ruled out.

“Eleven months have passed in which I have had to appoint a prosecutor and, of course, eleven months in which I have had to advise the president not to pardon those with criminal records, not to pardon those who have been pardoned, and not to pardon terrorists,” lamented deputy Jorge Alessandri of the conservative Independent Democratic Union (UDI).

NEW CABINET CHIEF

Saturday also saw the announcement of the resignation of Matías Meza-Lopehandía as chief of staff. “The President of the Republic has accepted the resignation of Matías Meza-Lopehandía as Chief of Staff,” La Moneda said.

Boric got to know Meza-Lopehandía while at the University of Chile and was part of his team of advisors in Parliament.

He is a lawyer specializing in human rights and holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

He was also part of the group in charge of drafting the government plan during the election campaign and held the post of executive secretary of the political campaign team.

Meza-Lopehandía’s successor has not yet been announced.

* Editor-in-chief of La Gaceta de la Iberosfera.

With information from La Gaceta de la Iberosfera

 

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