Paul Aravena

NEW CONSTITUTION

On July 4, the proposal for the New Constitution will be delivered to President Gabriel Boric. And the Convention table decided to invite former presidents Eduardo Frei, Sebastián Piñera, Michelle Bachelet and Ricardo Lagos, although the latter sent a letter announcing that he would not attend.

Former Presidents Michelle Bachelet, Ricardo Lagos, Sebastián Piñera and Eduardo Frei.
© AGENCY ONEFormer Presidents Michelle Bachelet, Ricardo Lagos, Sebastián Piñera and Eduardo Frei.

A busy afternoon had the table of the Constitutional Convention when meeting to analyze -after the initial rejection- the possibility of inviting the former Presidents of the Republic to the delivery ceremony of the proposal for the New Constitution, which is scheduled for July 4. The first news was delivered by former president Ricardo Lagos, who sent a letter announcing that he will not attend the ceremony.
Later, the table began the discussion. And after a few hours, the management backed down and decided that there will be an invitation to the former Presidents Eduardo Frey (1994-2000), Ricardo Lagos (2000-2006), Michelle Bachelet (2006-2010, 2014-2018) and Sebastian Pinera (2010-2014, 2018-2022) to the ceremony where the final document will be delivered to the current president Gabriel Boric.
The option favorable to the assistance of these authorities obtained six votes: Vice President Gaspar Domínguez (Non-Neutral Independents) and Deputy Vice Presidents Tomás Laibe (Socialist Collective), Yarela Gómez (Broad Front), Bárbara Sepúlveda (P. Communist), Luis Jiménez (Aymara People) and Hernán Larraín Matte (Evópoli). While against were the president María Elisa Quinteros (Independent of the Popular Assembly for Dignity) and the deputy vice presidents Francisco Caamaño (Constituent People) and Natividad Llanquileo (Mapuche People).
Originally, the table had decided to leave out the former presidents due to “capacity” reasons, provoking several criticisms, including that of the Minister Secretary General of the Government, Camila Vallejo.

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