The President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, highlighted the right turn that has given Latin America and said that it was “21st century socialism” that applied to former Presidents like Hugo Chávez, Cristina Fernández, Rafael Correa and Raúl Castro “a disaster”.
“It has been bad for people, and when people have the opportunity to rejects it and choose an option of more freedom, as it is what has happened in Colombia, Argentina and Brazil. Except when you can’t, which is the case of Cuba and Venezuela, who cling to power,”said Pinera in an interview with the newspaper La Tercera.
About the President-elect of Brazil, the ultra-right Jair Bolsonaro, the Chilean ruler stressed does not share “many of his sayings in the past” about sexual preferences, women, dictatorships and ethnic diversity.
But he noted that Brazilians voted for him because on the other side there was a Government that “for a long time it had permitted, tolerated, even fed corruption, stagnation, mediocrity, and violence and lack of security.
Piñera considered that what Brazil needs is the programme prepared by the Economist Paulo Guedes, who will assume an overministry of economy, and urged judge Bolsonaro from January 1, 2019, when it assumes the Presidency.
An exception to the can of the region is the triumph of Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico, although Pinera believes that elected Mexican President “changed” and “has nothing to do with the first nominations”.
And as for Argentina and its economic difficulties, Piñera noted that President Mauricio Macri “inherited a chaotic situation” that is trying to overcome a “policy of gradualism” which, for now, has not attracted the trust of citizens nor the markets.
On the situation in Chile, Pinera said his Government programme is designed for a period of eight years, so it will be fundamental to the right to keep power in the elections of 2021, which the President may not be.
The President lamented that in 2013, at the end of his first term, right were divided and lost to a “formidable candidate” as Michelle Bachelet.
“I hope that in 2021 we have unity, a vision of the future and don’t see this or this messianic candidate in opposition. So the conditions are given to our deep footprints in the future of our country”, concluded.