Chile: New constitution approved by political parties

 Political parties in Chile have agreed on a path leading to the drafting of a new constitution, negotiators announced early Friday.

The agreement comes after weeks of protests across the country.

The wave of protests, which lasted nearly a month, has seen heavy violence, with more than 20 people killed and hundreds injured.

The protests on Thursday in the capital Santiago were largely peaceful, while protesters armed with sticks and stones in the city of Valparaiso clashed with police amid clouds of tear gas.

In an attempt to calm the situation in the country, President Sebastian Benira overturned a decision to raise the price of metro tickets, which initially sparked protests.

President Benira also announced measures such as raising the minimum wage and pensions and raising taxes on the rich.

But these measures did not calm the demonstrators, forcing them to finally accept their demands for constitutional reforms.


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