SANTIAGO ( Associated Press) — The people of Chile, who will decide in September whether to keep the existing constitution or approve a new one, appear to be more concerned about what will happen after the referendum than the content of the text proposed by the constitutional convention.
Official Senator Ricardo Lagos Weber said on Tuesday that his acquaintances on the social network were “discussing all the process and not the content of the motion.”
The discussion around the constitutional process was reinforced after announcements by President Gabriel Boric, who noted that if the “reject” option wins in the referendum on 4 September, Chile will have to “discuss everything again” and A new constitutional election will have to be held. Convention to draft another Basic Law.
Coincidence elections disapprove of the winner with a narrow majority.
The president’s virtual roadmap is still at the center of discussions of politicians of all colors, and while the ruling party supports Borik’s position, those in the right-wing opposition say citizens are the ones who should choose the path to follow.
Both regions agree that Congress writes another text, and some right-wing opposition proposes that there be a group of constitutional experts drafting it.
Pro-government senator Jaime Quintana warned: “Be careful, because the decision-making power is also Congress and we have a government that doesn’t have a majority,” alluding to the fact that Boric’s proposal was approved. should be done. legislative power.
The transversal agreement is that the current constitution imposed by the military dictatorship (1973–1990) must be reformed, even if the rejection of changing it wins. In a referendum in October 2021, 78% of the population voted for a new Magna Carta authored by a democratically elected body.
Allegations of electoral interference against the government have already come to the fore amid the election campaign in view of the referendum to be held on 4 September. On this day former presidential candidate defeated by Borík in 2021, Jose Antonio Cast and conservative deputies asked the controller to form a special group “to address the overwhelming and repeated complaints of electoral interference”.
The government promotes a “Let’s Make History” campaign that seeks an “informed vote” and some of its ministers have distributed copies of the proposed constitutional text, which was also criticized by Cast. Boric replied to the cast that “the important thing is that the text is known and that is why we are going to make the text of the conference available to Chile.”
The book containing the constitutional text is among the best sellers in bookstores and street stalls, with prices ranging from 4,850 to 5,700 pesos ($5 to 6). It can also be downloaded online at various sites.
The constitutional process was the institutional way out of Congress to prevent mass protests following a social outbreak in October 2019.