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Chile to amend constitution, a key demand of protesters

Santiago: Chile has announced it will move to draft a new constitution and replace one dating back to the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship -- a key demand of protesters who have rocked the country for three weeks.
The new constitution will be drafted by a body called a constituent assembly and then put to a referendum for ratification, Interior Minister Gonzalo Blumel said Sunday.
Blumel made the announcement after meeting with a coalition of center-right and right-wing parties, which had been reluctant to change the constitution inherited from the era of the US-backed general Pinochet (1973-1990).
The government was in the process of preparing “a draft amendment of the constitution,” President Sebastian Pinera said in an interview by the daily El Mercurio. (AFP)

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