In Chile, constitutional council submits over 1000 changes to preliminary draft composed by expert commission
19 July 2023
Statue of General Jose Miguel Carrera in Santiago, Chile (photo credit: falco via pixabay)
Members of the right-wing dominated Constitutional Council submitted [on 17 July] amendments to a preliminary draft composed by a Commission of Experts. The modifications focus on a slew of topics including abortion, crime, corruption and even cutting the number of lawmakers. Four committees will now further discuss the proposals.
The right-wing Partido Republicano, which has regularly campaigned against changing the existing charter that dates from the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, is the largest party in the council. [...] Chile is advancing in its second shot at writing a new constitution for one of Latin America’s richest economies, though the process has been marred by public apathy and mistrust. The prior attempt failed after voters rejected a draft that was viewed as too far to the left. Closing the gaps between different viewpoints on the charter now would be a “miracle,” according to Claudio Fuentes, a political analyst and professor at Universidad Diego Portales.
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