Former President Michelle Bachelet He voted before nine in the morning of this Sunday, December 19, at the Colegio Santa Catalina in the commune of La Reina.
And after voting, the current UN High Commissioner for Human Rights was excited when speaking to the press outside that school.
“This election is very important for the future of the country,” said Michelle Bachelet, who at 8:55 am had already fulfilled her civic duty, amid the high expectations of the media and the people who were in the place.
There was applause, affectionate greetings and shouts in favor of the former president, who took several selfies, including with a couple of young members of her voting table.
And for the first time he was not voting with his mother, Angela Jeria, who died in 2020 and with whom she was always accompanied.
“I am very happy to be exercising this civil right, the freedom to choose, for the commitment of always with my country. I haven’t been here for a long time… “, he pointed out with evident emotion. Michelle Bachelet, who was President twice, from 2006 to 2010 and then from 2014 to 2018.
“I ask for tranquility when voting to elect someone who will be the President of all Chileans, who must seek dialogue with everyone to build a country for everyone.”
Michelle Bachelet’s messages
“When I face problems in my work I resort to a phrase of the South African Archbishop (and Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1984) Desmond Tutu:” I am a hostage of hope. Hope must beat fear so that Chile is the best country for everyone, “said Michelle Bachelet.
“The next President will be in power for four years and it is important that the country follow a positive path.”
Former President Michelle Bachelet He added that “I have already given my opinion (on his support for Gabriel boric, with whom he met) and he did not speak about that today ”.
“My call is for the people to vote and give their opinion so that the elected candidate is clear about what Chileans want.”
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Michelle Bachelet rejected the accusation made by some supporters of Jose Antonio Kast that he committed interventionism by supporting Gabriel boric.
“Not at all… And what is interventionism? It is that the Government uses resources to support a candidate ”.
“I am a former President and all former Presidents have an opinion. Nobody can be surprised with my opinion, that is very rare and I have always considered that it is necessary to exercise the right to opinion ”.
“No one can be indifferent to the future of the country, that is why we must vote with joy because democracy is something that in Chile we take for granted, but in other parts of the world there is no right to expression or freedom of the press, for which we should congratulate ourselves. that’s why ”, he closed Michelle Bachelet.
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Michelle Bachelet after voting for Gabriel Boric: “Hope must beat fear”