Boric: ‘the constitutional process ends’
After the result, Chilean President Gabriel Boric recognized the victory of rejecting the new proposal, but maintained a neutral stance, stating that “those who triumph in an election cannot ignore those who are circumstantially defeated”.
Right at the beginning of the speech, the Chilean leader, once again, ruled out the possibility of a new plebiscite: “I clarify that, during our mandate, the constitutional process ends. The emergencies are different.”
These “urgencies” mentioned by the president refer to the advancement of reforms proposed by his government, which are premises for the “solutions that Chile needs in social, economic and security matters”.
“None [votação] managed to represent and unite Chile, in its beautiful diversity. The country became polarized, divided and, despite this resounding result, the constitutional process was unable to channel the hopes of having a new Constitution drawn up for everyone. Politics has been indebted to Chile and this debt is paid by reaching the solution that Chileans need and demand from us”, stated Boric.
‘Today we will sleep peacefully’
Even before the final result, the president of the Unión Demócrata Independiente (UDI), Javier Macaya, had recognized the victory of “el contra” in the text: “today we will sleep peacefully […] Chileans are tired of the constitutional issue. Our response now is to be consistent, coherent and respectful of the democratic decision of this day. It is important that everyone recognizes the chapter.”
The president of Democracia Chilena (DC), Alberto Undurraga, celebrated the numbers: “there were many reasons to be against it. Chile needs a season of agreements, and this would only be possible by voting against. Now we need to forge agreements on all matters of interest to the people.”
When considering the text as “ideological”, deputy Leonardo Soto, from the Socialist Party (PS), took the progressive victory for granted: “The results are consolidated, there is already a lot of clarity that Chile has made a decision, by a higher percentage We expected a much closer decision than we expected, but there is practically a 10 point difference between the result.”