Thursday, February 9, 2023

Chile: Political parties agree on constitutional process

SANTIAGO ( Associated Press) – Chile’s political parties, from left to right, sealed an agreement Monday that allows Chile to start a new institutional process for the second time to replace a constitution imposed by a military dictatorship four decades ago. will allow.

The agreement was announced at a pre-congress in Chile’s capital, which has a symbolic charge at the same venue where the entire political arc – except for the self-excommunicating Communist Party – signed an accord on November 15, 2019, marking the beginning of the first The process was constitutional and which ended on 4 September with the disapproval of 62% of voters.

It took just three months for the parties to reach a new agreement: a commission of 24 experts appointed by Congress would prepare a constitutional draft, which would be the basis for 50 democratically elected people to draw up a new Magna Carta.

This group will consist of indigenous representatives, whose number will be determined according to the number of votes they receive. Traditionalists must draft another draft constitution, which must be approved or rejected by the end of 2023 in a mandatory participatory referendum.

Almost all the parties involved in drafting the agreement decided to start negotiations for the second time, just four days after the failure of the first process, to change the military constitution of 40 years ago.

From the beginning, the conservative Republican Party was left on the sidelines, not wanting to enforce the Magna Carta since it was a military dictatorship. On Monday, the day of agreements, the populist People’s Party withdrew from the signing because it wanted experts to also be elected, deputy Ruben Oyarzo told television.

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