Op-Ed: In Chile, political parties are negotiating for a new constitutional reform process that ensures their influence

By Juan Pablo Cárdenas, 24 November
Flag of Chile (photo credit: pixabay)
Flag of Chile (photo credit: pixabay)
A real political brawl has broken out in the National Congress that is unlikely to culminate in a reasonable agreement as to which body will now draw up a new draft that will be put to the citizens. [...] What is assumed by all is that this new entity should [have] parity, but there are severe discrepancies between those who think that its members should only be elected by democratic vote and those who think that it should ensure the presence of some “appointed” members. [...] Many doubts and drawbacks prevail, but the worst thing is that legislators are debating with an electoral calculator in their hands. It is certainly not a question of arriving at a procedure that culminates in the best selection of men and women in accordance with the characteristics of the territorial distribution of our population, its heterogeneity, convictions and interests. Nor are there any ideological proposals emerging in these intense and heated debates that would contribute to agreeing on the most solid pillars and content of the future Magna Carta.
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