Assembly of Chile approves to eliminate the Senate considering that it stagnates progress and laws

Reuters.- The Assembly who writes a new Constitution in Chili approved to eliminate the current Senate that has 200 years of history and replace it with a “Chamber of the Regions“, after a marathon session that ended on Wednesday night.

Although the article that created the new legislative body reached the necessary two-thirds majority to be included in the draft of the new Magna Cartafailed the one that defined its powers, which sought to describe it as an organ without the legislative powers key that has the current Senate.

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Eliminate or reform the High camera It has been one of the central battles of the representatives of the left in the assembly, who consider that the Senate stagnates or stops progress and laws.

On the contrary, those who oppose this measure point out that it would give too much power to the Chamber of Deputies and centralize decision-making.

“The Chamber of the Regions will intervene in a very small number of matters; the regions will not have a voice when it comes to health, pensions, transportation or education”, he stated Hernan Larrainone of the right-wing assemblymen.

That article and several others will now return to the committee on the political system for further debate before a new vote in the full assembly.

“Without a doubt we are concerned about some items that fell,” he told reporters. Ricardo Monteroconstituent and coordinator of the political commission, during the vote, adding that the commission will seek to rework the agreement to obtain more support.

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The elimination of Senate it has already divided the committee in negotiations before and led to a series of conflicting proposals that were largely rejected by plenary last month.

The new agreement, with a Senate reformed and weakened, came after polls showed that support for the new constitution vacillating and some voters saying that infighting and extreme proposals were causing them to lose faith in the process.

The assembly has little time to approve the missing articles and finish the draft, since as of May 17 a commission in charge of harmonizing the document must start working.

The new Magna Carta will be submitted to a mandatory plebiscite on September 4.

“This is a very complex issue, very technical,” he told reporters. Pink Catrileo, constituent and coordinator of the commission, after the vote. “It’s a challenge, we have 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..

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