Chile: President Bachelet details constitution process including public participation
By 16 October 2015
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet (photo credit: Government of Chile)
<p>Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announced on Wednesday the government has begun the process of drafting a new constitution. According to Bachelet the new constitution is necessary because the current version was created during a dictatorship and does not accurately reflect the ideals of democracy. She explained that although changes have been made to the document throughout the years, it continues to obstruct the exercise of democracy in the nation. The process will begin in the next few days with a stage of civic education for the people, expected to last until March 2016. The country will then host open citizen assemblies to discuss political ideas for the new constitution and these ideas will be considered by the president beginning October 2016.
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