Al Jazeera English published this video item, entitled “Mapuche woman to lead body drafting Chile’s new constitution” – below is their description.
The architects of Chile’s new constitution have chosen an Indigenous Mapuche woman to lead the process, as the country’s constitutional assembly was inaugurated on Sunday in the capital, Santiago.
Elisa Loncon, a 58-year-old independent constituent, was picked by 96 of 155 delegates, including 17 Indigenous people, who make up the constitutional body.
The new assembly will have up to a year to draft a new constitution that will replace the one imposed in 1980 under the Pinochet military government.
Re-writing the constitution is a huge task and even after it is completed, it will then have to be approved by the Chilean people in a mandatory vote.
Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reports from Santiago, Chile.
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