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Chile President Launches Long-awaited Electoral Reform Bill

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April 23, 2014 AT 7:02 AM
Chilean president Michelle Bachelet sent Congress a bill on Wednesday to reform an electoral system inherited from the country's 17-year military dictatorship, making good on a key campaign promise. The current electoral system, devised under dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet's regime, effectively guarantees that the two biggest party coalitions dominate Congress, with neither having a large majority. It also almost always assures that independents are underrepresented. Although the government has not yet published full details of the bill, Bachelet said it would include proposals to add 12 seats to the Senate for a total of 50 and increase the Lower House by 35 seats to 155. Districts would be redrawn to better reflect demographics.