[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
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
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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