Chile's New Leader Vows to Speak Out for Democracy
In his first interview with a foreign journalist, Piñera told
me that once he takes office on
But when asked if he will be more vocal in speaking out for
fundamental freedoms in
"Prudence is a virtue that presidents must practice, but so is
frankness," Piñera said. "I believe that
Piñera, a Harvard Ph.D in economics who opposed the
dictatorship of Gen.
He vowed to push for these changes within the
Asked about the Venezuelan government's recent move to shut down RCTV television's cable station, Piñera said, ``I can have my opinion, but I won't interfere with other countries' internal affairs. But I will always defend, very forcefully, the values of democracy, freedoms and human rights.''
It sounds like you are defending two principles that contradict one another, I told him. When forced to choose between noninterference and the collective defense of democracy, where will you stand? I asked.
-- Piñera: "Definitely, I will always be on the side of the defense of democracy and human rights, which by the way, is a commitment that all Latin American countries have made in the OAS Charter, which specifically states that it is the responsibility of all countries to defend democracy and human rights across the hemisphere," he said.
-- Asked whether he would travel to
-- Asked about his priorities on the domestic front, he said that
"the big goal we have set for ourselves is that within eight years, by
My opinion: I have always admired the center-left leaders that have
The secret of
Piñera's biggest challenge as
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