With votes of deputies from the Radical Party, the Christian Democrats and independents, the Chamber of Deputies approved the “preliminary question” of the constitutional accusation against President Sebastián Piñera, which marked the failure of the libel against the president.

The initiative, which ended up rejecting the action, was approved by 79 votes in favor and 73 against.

Among the opponents who appeared supporting the “previous question” appeared the radicals Carlos Abel Jarpa and Fernando Meza, the Christian Democrats Jorge Sabag, Matías Walker, Manuel Matta and Miguel Ángel Calisto, the independents Pepe Auth and René Alinco.

Absent from the session were Alejandro Bernales (PL), Pedro Velásquez (FRVS) and Aracely Leuquén (RN).

Government representatives, such as the Minister of the Interior, Gonzalo Blumel, together with pro-government deputies celebrated the result and the end of the process against the head of state.

The event occurs just one day after the Senate Chamber approved the Constitutional Indictment against the former Minister of the Interior, Andrés Chadwick, who was disqualified from holding public office for the next 5 years.

The action had been filed last November 19 by deputies of the PC, the Broad Front and some representatives of the former New Majority, and pointed to the eventual responsibility of Piñera in the Human Rights violations denounced after the social outbreak of 18 October.

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