[News] Change Begins Now, says Salvadorian President

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Change Begins Now, says Salvadorian President

Escrito por Elsy Fors Garzon
lunes, 01 de junio de 2009

01 de junio de 2009, 15:00San , Jun 1 (Prensa Latina)

The new president of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes, said today he would 
be loyal to the oath taken, guiding his steps by national interest 
and the effort to serve the most underprivileged population, to 
pursue an ethical revolution.

   He committed to carry out a process of structural changes in favor 
of the people.

"The Salvadorian people asked for change and it begins now," said 
Funes in a ceremony held in the amphitheater of the International 
Convention Fair, attended by delegations from over 70 countries, 
including 15 heads of state or government.

Funes promised to favor the underprivileged, generate jobs, construct 
and improve housing and carry out a program of social protection in 
human settlements.

Our main goals are to overcome poverty, marginalization, desperation 
and lack of perspectives for our youth, said the new president.

The Salvadorian people asked for change and it begins now not by the 
will of a president, but by the hands of a nation with conscience 
that it will only be possible with the unity of all, he added when 
addressing the Parliament, after being imposed the presidential band.

The national development project is based on social inclusion, the 
higher value of production and work, updating institutions and the 
complete guarantee of democratic freedoms.

Funes asserted he will not do as other predecessors who were 
complacent with corruption, accomplices of organized crime who acted 
with all forms of backwardness.

We must reinvent our country, creating a new project of nation which, 
at the same time, rescues the great social debt and accelerates our 
human and technological progress, he stressed.

The president said to be aware he will govern amid the deep social 
and economic crisis whose responsibility is the elite which was in 
power until today and stressed his government will launch a program 
anticrisis protecting jobs and generating new sources of labor, and 
which will cover the most vulnerable sectors and boost state policies 
for the universal coverage of all.

The plan includes the creation of 100 thousand jobs, creating the 
state Banks necessary to give credits to micro, small and medium 
companies, execute a temporary job program and the construction of 25 
thousand urban houses and 20 thousand in rural areas.

Likewise a System of Social Protection features an integral 
healthcare and nutrition program in 100 municipalities with a high 
incidence of malnutrition, as well as a school feeding program in the cities.

To support education, the government will give free school articles 
and uniforms to over one million children. Pay for health care will 
be eliminated.

Funes also announced he will summon to a national dialogue to define 
a development strategy and an accord on employment and public policy 
with the participation of every sector in the country.

The new Salvadorian president also said democracy is threatened by 
the forces of drug trafficking and organized crime and due to the 
economic urgencies of families.

On foreign policy issues, Funes declared himself a determined booster 
of regional and Latin American unity.

Based on that vision we will establish diplomatic, commercial and 
cultural relations with all Latin American countries and will 
immediately reestablish ties with Cuba, he affirmed.

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