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Chilean Constitutional Convention tries to renew its leadership

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Chilean Constitutional Convention tries to renew its leadership

Santiago, Chile, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) The convention in charge of drafting Chile's new Constitution will meet again on Wednesday to elect its board of directors, after 19 hours of work and eight rounds of voting without reaching consensus.

The numerous candidates nominated for the position did not win the 78 votes necessary to preside over this body, making it necessary to suspend the marathon session in the early hours of the morning.

The candidate who came closest to being elected was biologist Cristina Dorador, who was affirmed in the sixth round with the support of 72 constituents, but in the eighth round she withdrew her candidacy when she did not achieve the required number of seats.

Installed on July 4, the convention has nine months to draft a new constitution to replace the one in force since the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990).

The text must be submitted to an exit plebiscite, with mandatory suffrage, to be called by the government of President-elect Gabriel Boric, who will take office on March 11.

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