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Chilean president-elect pledges support to Constitutional Convention

Chilean president-elect pledges support to Constitutional Convention

Santiago de Chile, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) Chilean President-Elect Gabriel Boric on Tuesday expressed this willingness to collaborate with the Constitutional Convention in charge of drafting a new Constitution, but always respecting its autonomy.

He said he was not going to dictate to the Convention what it has to do, but rather to respect and implement what it decides.

On Tuesday, Boric met for more than three hours with the president of that body, Mapuche academic Elisa Loncon, and with its vice-president, Jaime Bassa.

He said that this is a state issue, a long-term issue. If the convention does well, Chile will do well as well.

Moving towards a new fundamental law, replacing the one in force since the time of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship (1973-1990), was one of the main demands during the social outburst that shook the country in 2019.

Boric said that the fact that they are writing, for the first time in their republican history, a constitution in a democratic, equitable way, with the participation of the native peoples is a reason for joy and national and also world pride

He added that he does not expect a partisan convention at the service of his government, since it goes beyond the political situation.

For the president-elect, this day’s meeting is a sign of commitment to a historic process.


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