The new constitution will seek a “peaceful and democratic exit to the crisis,” Chilean Senate President Jaime Quintana announced at a news conference in Santiago early Friday morning.
Quintana said the new code would “build a true social contract” and be “100% democratic” compared to the current constitution, which was approved in 1980 during the rule of military dictator Augusto Pinochet.
“This has become possible thanks to the citizens who have been mobilized,” he added.
Large-scale demonstrations continued across Santiago on Thursday — this time to mark one year since a young indigenous man was shot dead by police.
Camilo Catrillanca, a 24-year-old activist, was killed by a gunshot to the head during a police operation in the central Araucania region last year. Police deny he was murdered, saying he was shot accidentally while they were aiming at masked robbers.
Last month he announced a cancellation of energy price hikes that would have affected “almost 7 million Chilean households,” but many demonstrators continued to turn out in their hundreds of thousands, seeing the reforms as too little too late. Many have demanded Pinera’s resignation.
The protests initially began over a now-suspended price hike for subway tickets in Santiago but have since expanded, revealing anger among ordinary Chileans who feel they have been excluded from the nation’s economic rise.
Both an upcoming APEC economic forum and COP25 environmental summit due to take place in Chile were canceled as a result of the unrest.
CNN’s Helen Regan, Leona Siaw and Gremaud Angee contributed reporting.