She won the presidency by an overwhelming majority of 96 votes, after a first round where she gained 58 votes.
Loncon is a doctor and university professor at the University of Santiago. Her election represents a victory for Chilean Indigenous communities, which have been historically neglected by neoliberal governments.
Representing the Social Convergence Alliance, Jaime Bassa was elected for the CC Vice President post. He secured 84 votes.
Las mujeres indígenas son pieza fundamental para la refundación del país. Siempre fuimos las últimas de la historia, hoy renacemos juntos. Gracias a las mujeres de todos los pueblos. #ChilePlurinacionalpic.twitter.com/cMx6anCkr1
— Elisa Loncon - Constituyente Mapuche (@ElisaLoncon)
July 4, 2021
The meme reads, "Indigenous women are a fundamental part of the re-foundation of the country. We were always the last in history. Today, we are reborn together. Thanks to the women of all peoples."
The Constituent Convention is made up of 155 people (78 men and 77 women) who were selected in the first parity vote in Chile's history.
To ensure the representativeness of all sectors, 17 seats were reserved for Indigenous peoples communities.
The Convention has a maximum term of 12 months to draft the new Constitution, which must be approved in a plebiscite.
#Chile | "‼️KEEP REPRESSING‼️At the opening of the Constitutional Convention the carabineros now launch themselves against the constituents by order of @sebastianpinera! Who guarantees that they will let elaborate a new constitution?." https://t.co/5A5vpWA8JC