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Mon Nov 11, 2019, 06:15 AM

Chile: President Piera Prepares Bill To Amend the Constitution

November 10, 2019

He acknowledged that the Army and the Police had committed abuses against civilians.

Through an interview published by El Mercurio on Saturday, Chile’s President Sebastian Piñera announced that his government is preparing a constitutional reform bill and admitted that abuses have been committed during the control of social protests.

“I believe in constitutional changes, which are legitimate,” Piñera said, although previously he specified that changes “must be done within the framework of the constitution, democracy and the rule of law.”

According to the Chilean president, who admitted that legal changes should be deeper than those imagined years ago, an amended constitution should define people’s rights better, establish state obligations and create improved participation tools so that “the people can make their voice heard.”

Through these proposals, however, Piñera would seem to recognize that the citizens’ demand for a constituent assembly is not viable because the current constitution, which was written under the surveillance of the Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship (1973-1990), does not allow it.


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