“I do not believe that the rejection of the new Constitution has been a rejection of the content of the proposal,” said the ex-conventional Fernando Atria about the result of the plebiscite on September 4. Likewise, he said that the current dialogue between parliamentarians “is not going to be a constituent process,” but he avoided assigning responsibility for that to the Convention of which he was a part.
Former Convention member Fernando Atria referred again to the result of the plebiscite, assuring that the content of the constitutional proposal was not rejected.
In conversation with La Tercera, he pointed out that “I do not believe that the rejection of the new Constitution was a rejection of the content of the proposal. People still want social rights, that the political system can be more effective in processing social demands and protecting them from abuses”.
“So I don't it seems that the result of the plebiscite should lead us to revise the diagnosis that the people wanted a different Constitution,” he added.
Atria says that new process “is more difficult”
When asked if the Rejection showed that people want something else, he stated that one should not “overinterpret” what happened on September 4. “What there was was a rejection of the work of the Convention, not a new Constitution. That is still fully in force, & # 8221 ;, the lawyer said.
About the new process that is being carried out by Congress, he maintained that & # 8220; the need for a new Constitution persists . The problem is that the moment of political momentum has passed…
In addition, he said that it returned to the moment before the outbreak, but with a difference. “After a failed attempt it is more difficult a second time. And the other thing that worries me is that we are facing the same temptation before the outbreak,” said Atria, whose Fuerza Común movement joined Convergencia Social.
“We are still stuck in the same crisis”
Regarding the current constitutional dialogue, he said that “it is the same path that for 30 years has shown to be insufficient” and that “ We are still stuck in the same crisis we had.
“The agreement of November 15 was celebrated as the construction of a way out of a deep crisis. That path proved to be a dead end. It led nowhere”, he added.
In addition, he maintained that the current debate “is not going to be a constituent process”, but he avoided assigning responsibility for that to the Convention that operated between 2021 and 2022. “All of this starts from 1980”, he said.