Establishes Chilean Citizens’ Committee to draft new constitution

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Chile set up a group of 155 citizens on Sunday to draft a new constitution. Through the new constitution, power must be stripped from the elite and more fairly distributed among the people of South America.

Delegates include lawyers, teachers, scientists and journalists. Half of the group are women. In addition, seventeen original citizens have been selected. A woman from the Mapuche community has been selected to lead the group.

The Chilean people voted last October to create a new constitution. The current constitution dates back to the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, who ruled from 1973 to 1990. This document was seen as a cause of social inequality in the country. In the referendum, about 78 percent voted to change the constitution.

The committee has nine months – and could be extended by another three months – to draft a new constitution. The results are then submitted for approval in a referendum. All Chilean citizens are obliged to vote in it.

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