Chile’s outgoing president has urged 155 representatives who will be drafting a new constitution for the South American nation to abandon the “politics of the trenches”, engage in open dialogue and reach agreements. He said he hoped the Constitutional Convention would “rigorously respect the limits and rules” of its mandate and preserve the rights, opportunities and freedoms of all Chilean citizens. This, Al Jazeera reports, after Chileans were last month tasked with electing representatives to replace the current constitution, which was written in the 1980s during Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship.