Chilean Commission Approves Draft of Constitution

Chilean Congress Appoints 24 Members to Write a New Constitution

The Chilean Congress has appointed 24 members to the Commission of Experts to draft a new Constitution. This Wednesday (01.25.2023), the Senate voted in favor with 41 votes, 3 against and 1 abstention, to approve 12 members of the Committee of Experts. The other 12 members were appointed by the Chamber of Deputies.

The Commission of Experts will prepare the proposal to developing the new Constitution, replacing the current one inherited from the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). The 14 members of the Admissibility Technical Committee, also appointed by Congress, will guarantee that the new document does not conflict with the 12 fundamental bases as established by Congress last December.

This is the third attempt in five years to replace Pinochet’s Fundamental Charter, which was promulgated in 1980 and has been reformed multiple times since 1990. Last September, 61 percent of the electorate rejected a bill drafted by 100 percent elected convention. The constitutional process is expected to conclude in December with a ratification plebiscite.

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