Chile: With Bachelet, Chile faces a now or never situation

By Eddy Montilla.

People in Chile are tired of politicians and their constant unfulfilled promises. Michelle Bachelet is back as president of that country because they see this woman as their best option or perhaps their only hope to reach the economic level that Chileans have always longed. When you see this country’s natural resources and geographic position, you can understand easily these people’s wail.

     In order to achieve economic growth, continuity is absolutely necessary, that is, to adopt a uniform policy of team work, but in Chile, unfortunately, whenever you have presidential elections, you have new ideas that change what the former president did. It’s difficult to grow in that way. Bachelet’s government in 2006 was characterized by social reforms in different areas like pension, health care, etc., improvements that were of great benefits to the poorest. Her job is more commendable if you think about the world went through a terrible economic crisis in 2008. Remember that was Bachelet who could reduce the effects of it over Chile. Remember that was Bachelet who said no to those who wanted to spend the huge copper revenues, and with her policy, she taught them the simple concept of saving instead of spending without control.

     Michelle Bachelet placed her country at that time on sustained development path. But then Sebastian Piñera became president and he could not keep Chile walking over that path. Piñera’s time as president did not have disastrous results, but it can be considered a waste of time if you take into consideration the favorable country’s economic growth rate and gross domestic product (GDP). In Brazil, Lula da Silva consolidated his country economically, thanks to his 8 straight years, pushing Brazil in one direction. Piñera could not continue what Bachelet started.

     Bachelet’s capacity is undeniable. She is the first and only female elected president in her country, first executive director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and now, she is the first person to be elected to a second term as president in more than seven decades. However, this time, the economic situation in her country and the world too is different. So, she will have to fight an uphill battle against economic and social problems. Instead of fomenting political unrest, Chilean politicians and people in general should take advantage of these years of Bachelet as president, because it’s a now or never situation for Chile.

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.

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