Chile🇨🇱 to Hold Referendum on👉 New Constitution

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Chile has said it will stage a referendum to replace the country's dictatorship-era constitution next year, conceding to a key demand of protesters after nearly a month of violent civil unrest.

The current charter, in force since 1980 and enacted by the military government of Augusto Pinochet, has been amended numerous times in the years since.

However, it does not establish the state's responsibility to provide education and healthcare, two demands made by the millions of Chileans who have taken to the streets.

Legislators in Chile's National Congress agreed on Friday to hold the plebiscite in April 2020 after hours of negotiations between the governing coalition and opposition parties.

"This agreement is a first step, but it is a historic and fundamental first step to start building our new social pact, and in this the citizenry will have a leading role," said Interior Minister Gonzalo Blumel.

The referendum will ask voters whether the constitution should be replaced and if so, how a new charter should be drafted, Senate President Jaime Quintana said.

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