Chile: Indigenous woman to oversee new constitution | DW News

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Chile’s national assembly has selected an indigenous woman to preside over the drafting of a new constitution.

Santiago university professor and activist Elisa Loncon won an absolute majority in the second round of voting. Loncon represents the Mapuche people — a group unrecognized by the current constitution from the era of dictator Augusto Pinochet. They are hoping a new text will afford them new cultural, political and social rights. She has been elected to lead the Constitutional Assembly. What is the significance of this in terms of policy?

DW reporter Benjamin Alvarez-Gruber, himself a Chilean, fills us in about this.

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