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Constitution could be worse than Pinochet’s, Chilean authorities say

Santiago de Chile, Sep 20 (Prensa Latina) The member of the Chilean Constitutional Council Karen Araya considered today that the proposal of the Magna Carta debated in that instance could be worse than the one imposed during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990).

“Today the social and democratic rule of law remains only on paper,” the member of the center-left Unity for Chile bloc said.

According to Araya, the subsidiary system that reduces state participation in the life of the country is maintained, which endangers social conquests.

“We see that there are setbacks with respect to the 1980 Constitution”, said Araya in an interview to Radio Cooperativa.

In the 51-seat council, the extremist Republican Party and the right-wing Chile Vamos coalition have a large majority and veto power.

Constitutionalizing the private health system and the Pension Fund Administrators, limiting labor rights and allowing the concession of national assets for public use, including hydrocarbons, to private individuals are some of the proposals promoted by these sectors.

Araya, representative of the Communist Party, declared they will not abandon the process until all the spaces for dialogue have been exhausted, although he stated that he personally has been losing hope.

According to a Cadem poll published this week, 57 percent of Chileans would vote against the text to be submitted to referendum next December 17.


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