Chile may delay constitution assembly election due to pandemic

29 March
President Sebastián Piñera of Chile (photo credit: G20 Argentina/flickr)
President Sebastián Piñera of Chile (photo credit: G20 Argentina/flickr)
Chile's congress should delay a two-day election to select the drafters of a new constitution for Chile until May because of the coronavirus pandemic, President Sebastian Pinera said Sunday. [ . . . ] Nearly 80% of voters in an Oct. 25 plebiscite supported seating an assembly to rewrite the constitution inherited from the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet when Chile returned to democracy. At the same time, the voters excluded any congress member from serving in the assembly. The body will reserve 17 seats for Indigenous delegates, and the United Nations says it will be first time a constitution is drafted by an assembly equally divided between men and women.
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