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Chile locked in dispute over who will draft new constitution

Chilean politicians say they have to figure out how to draft a new constitution quickly following another night of violent protests in the South American nation.

Police said Wednesday they had documented 348 serious incidents, including looting and attacks on police stations, from Tuesday into the early morning.

Twenty people have died since mostly peaceful demonstrations about inequality and other issues broke out on Oct. 18. Chileans are demanding a range of reforms and an overhaul of their dictatorship-era constitution.

Chile's President Sebastian Pinera leaves after addressing the nation from La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Students in Chile began protesting nearly a month ago over a subway fare hike. The demonstrations have morphed into a massive protest movement demanding improvements in basic services and benefits, including pensions, health, and education. (AP PhotoEsteban Felix)

The sticking point is who drafts the new document. President Sebastián Piñera’s plan relies on current legislators but the opposition says citizens need more input. Members of the National Renewal Party, part of the ruling coalition, and the Christian Democratic Party agree “there isn’t much time” to reach an agreement.

Anti-government demonstrators shine laser pointers a the police during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Students in Chile began protesting nearly a month ago over a subway fare hike. The demonstrations have morphed into a massive protest movement demanding improvements in basic services and benefits, including pensions, health, and education. (AP PhotoEsteban Felix)

Chile's President Sebastian Pinera arrives to make his address to the nation from La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Students in Chile began protesting nearly a month ago over a subway fare hike. The demonstrations have morphed into a massive protest movement demanding improvements in basic services and benefits, including pensions, health, and education. (AP PhotoEsteban Felix)