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Mapuche academician could preside over constitutional convention

Santiago de Chile, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Mapuche constituent Elisa Loncon emerged today as the most likely candidate to preside over the Convention that will draft the new Constitution of Chile, whose first session is scheduled for July 4.

The proposal of the prestigious academician of the University of Santiago and linguist, 58 years old, came from the seven representatives of this native people who are part of the 155 members of the Constitutional Convention.

In a communiqué, they presented four minimum criteria for the formation of the board of directors of this body, which will be established on July 4.

These bases propose that the convention be presided by a woman, with gender parity and plurinationality, and with a periodic or rotating character with the objective of guaranteeing the greatest representativeness during the minimum nine months that the Convention will be in session.

Finally, they proposed that ‘the first candidate for the board of directors of the convention supported by Mapuche reserved seats is the lamgen (sister) Elisa Loncon Antileo’.

The statement specifies that this is a person ‘who knows the historical struggle of the peoples and their plurinational character, and who is committed to building a country that raises the flags of justice, dignity and respect for human rights’.