Friday, September 29, 2023

Cueca, Rodeo and “Every person is a person”

This Friday morning, in the plenary session of the Constitutional Council, as part of the start of the first votes – in particular – the norms on Chapter 1, “Fundamentals of the Constitutional Order”, the first and most heated controversy occurred within the right.

In the plenary session, four abstentions from Chile Vamos led to the rejection of one of the “red lights” of the Republicans: paragraph 1 of Article 1, which sought to establish in the text that “every person is a person”. Expert advice.

The motion required 30 of the 33 votes from the Republicans and Chile Vamos, but only achieved 29 due to the abstentions of Gloria Hutt (Evópoli), Lorena Gallardo (RN), Germán Becker (RN) and Edmundo Eluchans (UDI). In addition, the initiative had 17 Votes against the center-left.

The vote on the section, which ended with a negative result for the Republican line, sparked controversy as several MPs introduced an “anti-abortion” section on three grounds.

This was questioned by several city councilors, including Ivonne Mangelsdorff (RN), who assured that she was “ashamed” of belonging to this faction and not adhering to the agreements.

The text of the application – which was rejected – states: “Human dignity is inviolable and the basis of law and justice. Every human being is a person.” Adding that “people are free and equal in dignity and rights.” Their respect and guarantee is the primary duty of the political community and its legal form.”

After the failure of this editorial, the experts’ original article was put to a vote and adopted as follows: “Human dignity is inviolable and the basis of law and justice.” People are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Their respect and guarantee is the highest duty of the political community and its legal form.” Which ultimately reached 50 votes, which shows that the governing party supports the experts’ proposals.

In fact, as the ruling party explains in sectors, the abstentions of Chile Vamos were partly due to disagreement with the text, but were also aimed at giving a gesture of “goodwill” in the debate in the Constitutional Council, where the center left. which represents a minority, had not managed to feel represented in most of the amendments.

Another Republican proposal that was defeated was the controversial Article 13(3) proposal, which stated that the national dance was the cueca and the national sport was the rodeo.

This section had 17 votes in favor, 17 against and 15 abstentions, including several from the Republican Party and Chile Vamos, who decided not to support the initiative.

The Council agreed to Article 13(1), which stipulates that “the national flag, the coat of arms of the Republic and the national anthem are national emblems”. Subsection 2 of the same Article 13 also received support, which states that “every resident owes respect to the Republic of Chile and its national emblems” and that “Chileans have the duty to honor the country and respect the activities that give rise to it.” “ “on the identity of the Chilean, such as music, handicrafts, folk games, Creole sports and arts.”

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