BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:13 A.M.) – Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has put forward a bill to rewrite the country’s 1980s constitution, a relic of the dictatorship era that terrorized citizens for 17 years under the military regime of General Augusto Pinochet, TeleSUR reported.
“By signing and sending to Congress the bill to reform Chapter 15 of the current constitution, we finally open the door for Chile to have a Magna Carta that represents us, that embraces our diversity and that gives us the tools we need for our life together,” Bachelet said Monday during a speech in the Palace of La Moneda in the capital city of Santiago.
“We are fulfilling each of our commitments,” said the president. “And we will follow in the same way until the end. We are not going to fail Chile, our democracy or our history.”
Bachelet has been in power since 2013 serving her second term after ruling from 2006 to 2010.
“We all have a great responsibility: the government, parliament, political parties, civil society, lawyers, all without exception we must be up to faithfully respect the will of the people,” Bachelet added.
Pinochet’s dictatorship lasted from the 1973 military coup ousting socialist President Salvador Allende until 1990, but much of the policy framework of the era continues to haunt the Chilean constitution. His regime claimed the lives of an estimated 3,200 people and led to the torture of 38,000 people, TeleSUR explained.