Initiative that puts Chilean government in check

 (Prensa Latina) Chile remains alert on the discussion in the Chamber of Deputies of a constitutional reform bill to allow affiliates of the Pension Fund Administrators (AFP) to withdraw part of their savings.

The initiative, presented by the opposition Green Social Regional Federation and independent deputies, proposes the withdrawal of up to 10 percent of AFP funds, which the government considers untouchable.

The chamber agreed last Wednesday to legislate on that project in what was considered an unprecedented defeat of La Moneda by the legislature, even more so when it had the support or abstention of 13 right-wing deputies, a fact that evidenced a serious crisis within the ruling coalition.

The disruption in the official ranks caused at least eight legislators to resign from the National Renovation party, while the government suspended ‘until further notice’ the expanded political committee that it conducts on Mondays with the presidents of the Chile Vamos parties.

But during the weekend, La Moneda deployed all its resources on regrouping and reunifying criteria to get those legislators who voted in favor or abstained to vote against the bill during the analysis in the chamber, which will take place between today and tomorrow.

To advance and go to the Senate, the legislative proposal must have at least 93 votes in favor, which will be unlikely if the pressures of La Moneda take effect on its deputies who previously voted alongside the opposition.

The project under debate is of great importance, because those who voted for it assure that it represents the fastest way for millions of Chileans to access money that allows them to survive in the midst of the health, economic and social crisis, given the slowness, delays and insufficiencies of the government to save that situation.

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