Lawmakers approved a bill to reserve seats for indigenous people in 17 of the 155 seats in the parliament of Chile.
This is seen as a historic step by the government of the country’s center-right President Sebastian Pinera. This information has been informed in a report of Reuters.
Earlier, in a vote last October, the people of Chile strongly supported the amendment of the constitution drafted during the dictatorship of Chile.
They demanded more equality in the health, pension and education sectors in the new constitution. The main demand of the mass protests that took place in the country in 2019. Against the existing discrimination in various fields was to organize the vote on rewriting the constitution.
Most voters say they want a specially elected House of indigenous to draft a new constitution with equal participation of men and women.
However, the initial vote did not mention the reservation of seats for tribal indigenous.
Now, as a result of the move by lawmakers last Tuesday, the South American country will have seats reserved for each of the major indigenous communities.
“We would like to thank the Congress and the Senate for the unanimous vote,” Chile’s Minister for Social Development Carla Rubella told reporters.
This is a historic milestone in the recognition of indigenous peoples.
The House of Representatives is scheduled to be elected in April to rewrite the constitution. The board will have about a year to agree on a new draft constitution. The draft will be approved on the basis of the support of two-thirds of the members of the board.
After that, the general public will vote again on whether to accept the draft or remain in the previous constitution.
According to Chile government figures, about 2.2 million of the country’s 17 million people are members of indigenous peoples.