Chile to Hold Referendum on Rewriting Pinochet-Era Constitution

Chilean president Sebastian Piñera made the announcement of a referendum.

Por Democracy Now

HAVANA TIMES – In Chile, lawmakers have agreed to a plan to rewrite the country’s Constitution, meeting a key demand of protesters.

Under the deal agreed to early Friday, voters will decide in an April referendum whether to replace the current constitution — which dates to Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship — and whether current lawmakers should serve on a constitutional commission.

A second vote in October would determine the makeup of the commission, and a final vote on a draft constitution would be mandatory for all voting-age Chileans. 


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