Before Boric's summons: senators affirm that there would be no votes to approve a bill to pardon the prisoners of the revolt

This Monday, the president-elect, Gabriel Boric, called on the Senate to approve as soon as possible the bill that grants a pardon to the so-called political prisoners of the revolt, an initiative that is currently in the Constitution Commission of the Upper House .

“I make an emphatic call to the senators to have this resolved in the month of January, this cannot continue to wait. We as a government are committed to opening a dialogue that is broad so that this is not about winners against losers, or one sector against another, but rather to generate unity after a period of so much tension and division, “said the current deputy at the time of being officially proclaimed as president-elect by the Trivel.

“I hope there is an understanding that, to achieve precisely the climate we need to be able to address all the transformations we want to make, there must be collaboration from all sectors,” added Gabriel Boric.

At the request of the president-elect, the reactions of senators and senators, as well as political representatives, did not take long to arrive.

The president of the Senate, Ximena Rincón, when asked about her possible vote when discussing the project, did not advance her position, stating that “we cannot pardon those who do not have a conviction, we cannot install the idea that in front of extremely serious facts, the pardon can be established, and that certain norms and behaviors must be respected to give certainty to the general public ”.

In any case, it was Rincón herself who officiated at the Government on the matter, because, according to her words, “because they have been without a trial for more than two years to determine what is the accusation against them (…) and beyond of the particular judgment that one may have in this regard, of the reasons behind the arrests, I find it unpresentable that after six months and 2 years and two months, there is no trial and that undermines all kinds of international agreements on Human Rights ”.

For his part, the president of the Constitution Commission, Pedro Araya -who also met with Boric to address the issue- affirmed that although the body he presides approves the initiative, the Chamber would not have the necessary votes to endorse it.

In effect, the project would require two votes of pro-government senators, something that is considered tremendously difficult.

In addition, Araya maintained that the initiative has technical deficiencies, such as not knowing for sure how many are the so-called prisoners of the revolt.

For his part, the Socialist senator, Alfonso De Urresti, called on Gabriel Boric to assume responsibility in this regard and not only limit himself to sending messages to the Constitution Commission.

“I would ask the President-elect that more than sending messages to the Senate committee, he also assumes that he is the President-elect, that he also has a responsibility in these types of situations and we have to do this work together, this is not only Legislative work also has to commit the Executive, both the current one and the one that is going to plunge into the macro month, in that way we will be able to solve a group of young people who are deprived of liberty “, said the legislator according to Emol reported.

It is worth mentioning that during February there will be a legislative recess, so if the initiative is not approved in January, it would be during the coming government and with a largely renewed Senate where the controversial bill would be discussed.

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