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Lagos government looses majority in the Senate

Tuesday, December 17th 2002 - 20:00 UTC
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Chilean president Ricardo Lagos admitted his administration has lost control of the Senate following the decision of Senator Nelson Avila to “freeze” his relation with the ruling coalition. Mr. Lagos is confronted with a growing political crisis since several Congressmen from the ruling coalition face possible conviction for corruption charges and illegal party financing.

"I want to report to the Chilean people that as of Sunday, as I've read in newspapers, the opposition has the majority in the Senate since the 24/24 equilibrium has been broken. Yes, we're the minority and we have three years ahead, but I'm certain we will continue to progress", said President Lagos.

Senator Avila in a long interview in the Sunday edition of El Mercurio announced his decision to freeze relations with his colleagues in Congress given their lack of support to his proposed reforms to the multi party ruling coalition.

Senator Avila's party was one of the most affected by the corruption cases in the Lower House and apparently is now involved in an internal power struggle.

Besides Mr. Avila insisted in a "re-foundation" process for the ruling coalition, but his proposal was left aside by an official project from President Lagos.

Chile's ruling coalition, with three different presidents, has been in office since the recovery of democracy in 1990.

The Lagos administration with a minority in the Senate and a one vote majority in Deputies is now severely conditioned and faces a steep challenge regarding legislative initiatives particularly constitutional reform and the controversial issue of stimulating the economy.

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