Chile: The Constitutional Convention approved the abolition of the Senate and the creation of a new legislative chamber

The crowd Who writes A new constitution in Chile advanced in a The root of institutional change s approved the abolition of the Senate which has 200 years of history and Replacing it with a new legislature. However, modification of all text you are working in must be approved in . format Referendum.

After a marathon session, the constitutional conference concluded on Wednesday night I got two thirds to include in the draft The new Magna Carta eliminated the Senate. However, the article that identified The powers of the Chamber of Regions to replace him.

to me Mercury From Chile, the Constitutional Conference reached consensus on a Bicameral legislative branchmade up of House of Representatives and Representatives -as it already exists today- and Chamber of Regions. In this sense, its members will no longer become senators, but”regional representatives“.

The new Magna Carta draft seeks to eliminate the Chilean Senate.Davey Meissen – Agence France-Presse

however, Its functions are not clear. The Constituent Assembly approved 40 articles on the political system, but did not find sufficient commitment to define the functions and scope of the entire institutional system to be created, including the new “chamber of territories”.

The new chamber, as reported by Chilean media, is a deliberative body, “a joint regional and multinational representation, responsible for agreeing to draft the laws of regional agreements and to exercise other powers conferred by the Constitution.”

It has only been established that the two Houses will meet to take the oath of the President of the Republic, to receive the submission of accounts and the inauguration of the legislative period.

The drafting of a new constitution came as a result of the 2019 outbreak of society.
The drafting of a new constitution came as a result of the 2019 outbreak of society.BBC World – Getty Images

Meanwhile, traditionalists have agreed to Avoid re-election indefinitely In Parliament, a different scenario for Argentina. stayed in the project that Representatives and regional representatives may be re-elected for one term only.

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Those who promote the creation Chamber of RegionsConfirmation as a member Without the main legislative powers of the current Senate. The elimination or reform of the Senate was one of the central battles of the representatives the left In the assembly that considers it The Senate stops or stops the progress and laws.

unlike, Those who oppose To this extent they refer to it Many powers will be granted to the House of Representatives centralization of decision-making.

The Chamber of Territories will intervene in a very small number of matters; Regions will not have a voice when it comes to health, pensions, transportation or education“,” Hernan Larren, one of the members of the right-wing association, according to the agency Reuters.

Chileans voted in November 2020 to replace the 40-year-old constitution.
Chileans voted in November 2020 to replace the 40-year-old constitution.France Press agency

After the failure, the article that should define the powers of the Council of Provinces, along with the others under discussion, will revert to Political System Committee Before a new vote in plenary.

“certainly We are concerned about some items that fellRicardo Monteiro, member and coordinator of the Political Committee, admitted to the press during the vote. He emphasized that the Commission would seek to reformulate the agreement to gain further support.

Chilean President, Gabriel Borek.  (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
Chilean President, Gabriel Borek. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

The Senate’s abolition has already divided the committee in negotiations before and led to a series of conflicting proposals that senators largely rejected last month.

The new agreement, with the Senate reformed and weakened, came next Opinion polls showed fluctuating support for the new constitution And that some voters said that infighting and extremist proposals caused a loss of confidence in the process.

12-19-2021 Elisa Luncon, President of the Constitutional Congress of Chile.  MADRID, 19 (Agencia UNO/EP) The president of the Chilean Constitutional Congress, Elisa Luncon, has voted in the second round of Sunday's presidential election, and confirmed that she is. "Basic" In order to establish to be "Back" of the president-elect.  South American politics, Chile, Diego Martin
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The association has little time to approve the missing materials and finish the draft, since On May 17, the committee responsible for coordinating the document should begin work.

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The new Magna Carta will be submitted to a mandatory referendum on September 4. “This is a very complex and very technical issue,” Rosa Catrilio, a member and coordinator of the commission, told reporters after the vote.

“It’s a challenge, we have a little time, but we still have it.” Next week, the Constituent Assembly will vote on articles that could redefine water rights and reform mining rights, a sensitive issue in the world’s largest copper producer.

With information from Reuters

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