The controversy continues: Minister Tohá says the security agreement should not be “squandered” and the UDI analyzes granting a pardon to the TC


The end-of-year pardons granted by President Gabriel Boric to 13 inmates of the social hotbed, plus former frontist Jorge Mateluna, inflamed spirits between the Executive and the opposition, at a time when both sides seemed to be drawing closer around the national security pact. Now they are more and more distant, with Chile we are leaving this table.

This Tuesday, the Minister of the Interior, Carolina Tohá, he resumed the criticisms already launched by the President, who told the opposition to put Chile first. The country “can’t keep waiting for us to finish our fighting,” he said. Minister Tohá continued in the same tone today, after participating in a review of the Carabineros.

“We do not believe that because of the political differences on the exercise of a power that the President has, all the progress that has been made in the construction of agreements on this very important matter can be squandered”, he added, warning that “if they if there are those agreements, the agenda that has been constructed will also be promoted by the government, with all those who want to join”.

However, he underlined that “the strength that this can have, the project elaboration times, the effectiveness of the measures that we will adopt will be much higher and more effective if it is based on a broad consensus”.

“The government will persist, it will take a few days off, but only this week to resume work and meanwhile hold talks to continue consolidating this agenda,” he noted.

The UDI analyzes the use of the TC

In parallel, the Udi, one of the parties that withdrew, continues to criticize the decision to pardon the prisoners, especially Mateluna. So, the president of the party, Javier Macayahe said they were considering taking Boric’s decision to the Constitutional Court.

“Somehow he justifies this decision by emphasizing that he was convinced of a person’s innocence. In Chile, in modern democracies, the separation of powers is very important,” Macaya said Agricultural Radio.

Macaya underlined that “for me this is a semi-monarchic residue, that we are in the presence of an unjust sentence and that the President of the Republic could have the powers to overturn it. It’s something we want to review with great conviction in Congress.”

In this sense, the president of Udi “we do not exclude that this decision may be reviewed in the Constitutional Court, because it seems to us that it is a very serious decision”. In this line, he announced that the senator of the party, Luz Ebensperger, presented today a project that eliminates this power of the president.

The pardon, in the opinion of the parliamentarian, “exceeds what the powers of the President of the Republic have, despite the fact that they are established by the Constitution. Here there is the intention of saying that there is an unjust sentence, which trusts in the innocence of a person, at least in the case of the former front man.

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