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Chile's proposed new constitution heads for September referendum

Chileans are one step closer to voting for a new constitution to replace the constitution imposed by Augusto Pinochet's military dictatorship.

The National Constitutional Assembly submitted a draft new constitution to President Gabriel Borrick at a ceremony in Santiago on Monday. This text contains 388 articles that recognize the existence of indigenous groups in Chile and focus on social issues such as the environment, health care, housing and gender equality.

A referendum to approve the proposed new constitution will be held on September 4. It supports the Free Market Economy Initiative. In 2020, a large and violent protest over income and social inequality broke out.

However, public support for the proposed charter has declined since the beginning of the year due to the chaotic drafting process in Congress over a year.

Some information in this report was provided by The Associated Press and Reuters.