Chile’s new constitution: Seats for indigenous groups ahead of vote

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    Chileans head to the polls later this week to elect a group of people who will draft a new constitution.

    11 percent of the seats at the Constitutional Convention are being reserved for leaders representing ten indigenous groups.

    And there is hope this could be a crucial first step towards solving an increasingly explosive conflict.

    Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reports from Lonquimay, in Southern Chile.

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    Chile, officially the Republic of Chile, is a country in western South America. It occupies a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Chile covers an area of 756,096 square kilometres (291,930 sq mi) and has a population of 17.5 million as of 2017. The capital and largest city is Santiago and the national language is Spanish.

    Chile borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south. Chilean territory includes the Pacific islands of Juan Fernández, Isla Salas y Gómez, Desventuradas, and Easter Island in Oceania. Chile also claims about 1,250,000 square kilometres (480,000 sq mi) of Antarctica under the Chilean Antarctic Territory.

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