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Council in charge of Chile’s new Constitution will assume functions

Santiago de Chile, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) The Chilean Constitutional Council will assume its functions to draft a new Constitution to replace the one imposed by Pinochet’s dictatorship in 1980, which established the foundations of the current neoliberal model.

The 51 members of the entity will work off a bill prepared by a commission of 24 experts who were appointed equally in the Chambers of Deputies and Senators of the National Congress.

The draft was restricted by 12 norms, the so-called constitutional borders, outside of which no principle or concept can be included, and which will remain in force during the work of the council.

After the voting on May 7th, the privileged position in this body is held by the extremist Republican Party, with 23 seats, followed by the government coalition, which has 16 seats, and in third place, with 11 seats, the right-wing Chile Seguro alliance.

One of the many criticisms of this process is that ancestral groups, which represent 12 percent of the total Chilean population, barely have a seat in the body in charge of creating the new Constitution.

The preponderance of the extreme right and the conservative right in the council, causes concern in Chile, because these two parties together sum up 34 members, enough to obtain a qualified majority, impose a veto and also the freedom to draft the document in their own way, .

December Last, the Republicans refused to sign the so-called Agreement for Chile, from which this second attempt to achieve a new Constitution arose, and now they have in their hands the possibility of making it as they please.

The entity has a period of five months to deliver the results, which will be submitted to a plebiscite with a mandatory vote on December 17th.


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