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Chile elects indigenous woman academic to lead drafting of new Constitution

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The 155 candidates who will draft Chile's new Constitution elected this Sunday, July 4, Elisa Loncón, an indigenous woman, to preside over the body that will create the new fundamental law, which will replace the current one, inherited from the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990).

Loncón, a Mapuche - the majority indigenous ethnic group in Chile - was elected by an absolute majority in the second round of voting, in the inaugural session of the convention that took place in the old National Congress building in the capital, an act that was halted for . . .

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