Maduro says “firm leadership was lacking” for constitutional change in Chile

The dictator of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, said this Monday (5) that there was a lack of “firm leadership” for the approval of a new Constitution in Chile, after regretting that the proposal supported by the government of Gabriel Boric has been rejected with 62% of the votes in the referendum held on Sunday.

“It lacked a firm, clear and credible leadership, with popular support, to assume the leadership of the Constitutional text. In the end, the Constitution of the dictatorship of (Augusto) Pinochet remained in force”, said the president in a meeting with the board of the ruling PSUV party, which was broadcast by the state channel VTV.

Maduro said the proposed new constitution “had its wings clipped by the old Congress” that supported former president Sebastián Piñera and, as a result, there was never an “original, sovereign and plenipotentiary process”.

“They filled with limitations and, in the end, convened a Constituent Assembly. What a pain for the peoples of Latin America and of the Caribbean, for the memory of the martyrs, the disappeared, the tortured”, he declared.

The Venezuelan president also criticized the fact that the process was not “original”, but “mediatized”, which, according to him, “tied” the proposal for change.

“All Latin Americans and Caribbeans who love Chile, who love the example of the martyred president Salvador Allende, will all be on the lookout. What happened in Chile is truly painful”, he added, while lamenting this “defeat of the historic project” and expressing solidarity “with the people of Chile”.

An overwhelming majority rejected the new Constitution proposed in Chile. on Sunday, with almost 62% of the votes, a result that maintains for the time being the current text, written in 1980 by the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) and partially reformed throughout democracy.

The option of approving the new text, which declares Chile a social state under the rule of law and was defined as the most feminist and one of the most avant-garde in the world in terms of gender equality and nature protection, it obtained only 38% of support, with more than 95% of votes counted.

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