Weekly Report - 21 April 2022 (WR-22-16)

Pension defeat reveals scale of challenge for Boric in Chile

“The key lesson is we need a dialogue with other political forces.” This was the conclusion of Chile’s President Gabriel Boric after deputies in the lower chamber of congress shot down both the early pension withdrawal initiative his government opposed and the alternative bill his government proposed. The ‘lesson’ should not really have been required. The result of the congressional elections last November left it clear that building political consensus would be essential for Boric to govern. The bigger concern, downplayed by Boric, is that his ruling left-wing coalition Apruebo Dignidad, which has just 37 seats in the lower chamber of congress, is already showing signs of disunity. This would make forging a majority to advance his government’s legislative agenda even more difficult.

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