New York, September 22, 2022. President Gabriel Boric participates in a working breakfast offered by the American Society (AS) – Council of the Americas.  Jonnathan Oyarzun/Aton Chile

The president said that he does not intend to guide Congress, but questioned whether a new Constitution is reached by agreement between parties or experts.

Thursday, September 22, 2022 8:52 p.m.

“I do not intend to guide Congress on the content of the agreement,” said President Gabriel Boric during the “World Leaders Forum” organized by Columbia University, in New York, within the framework of the United Nations General Assembly that takes place this week, regarding the discussions on a new constituent process.

The Chilean president acknowledged that it is a “very sensitive” issue, because at this moment negotiations are taking place in Congress to be able to decide how to continue.

In this way, Boric delivered some elements that in his opinion should structure the new constituent process, although he clarified that he has no intention of “ruling” the National Congress.

Let us remember that this Friday, at 10:00 a.m., a new round of political parties with parliamentary representation will be held to advance towards a new constituent process.

In this regard, the President stated that “the Government has an opinion, however, we also understand that our main role today is to facilitate that agreement and govern, to take charge of today’s emergencies.”

“I do not intend to guide Congress on the content of the agreement,” he pointed out, although he also stated that “there are certain things that are evident.”

In this sense, he affirmed that “the Chilean people voted in majority on October 25, 2020 for a new Constitution written by a 100% elected body for that purpose.”

Therefore, he questioned theThe idea that the new Constitution can only be reached between an agreement between the parties or a group of experts appointed by the parties seems to me to not respond to the mandate that the people of Chile established in the plebiscite at the time of entry, and I think it is a general consensus“.

“What I hope what happens is that we have a new Convention, with clearer borders, which have to be defined in the conversations in Congress, with perhaps shorter deadlines taking into account previous experience and with the support of a committee of experts or people who contribute to make the discussion easier and more digestible“, accurate.

He added that “the right-wing parties that have historically been more reluctant to these changes, in the Rejection campaign, committed themselves to Chile that they also wanted a new Constitution.”

“I hope that this is an opportunity to reach a consensus and finally we end up with a Constitution that is a meeting point and not a dividing axis that continues to conflict with us for decades,” he specified.

Regarding the content of the new Constitution, Boric expressed that he hopes it will be “a more general Constitution, I think it does not have to address each of the identity demands that exist in society. I think it has to be a common framework that allows politics to ask itself the questions that we have not yet asked ourselves, and hopefully there will be a quick consensus in Chile to also give everyone certainty. In Chile there is a lot of exhaustion regarding this.”

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