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The Chilean Judicial Power reported this Friday that the Copiapó Court of Appeals ordered the suspension of the lithium bidding process, after the controversy that arose in the country after the announcement by the Ministry of Mining.

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Through his account on the social network Twitter, he indicated that the “Copiapó Court of Appeals accepts an appeal for protection and issues an order not to innovate that suspends the bidding process for lithium exploitation, exploration and benefit contracts.”

In addition, it clarifies that the Court made the decision after admitting the processing of a protection appeal filed by the regional governor of Atacama, Miguel Vargas, as well as indigenous communities, against the lithium bidding process in northern Chile.

The appeal filed against this process alleged the violation of constitutional guarantees such as equality before the law, the right to live in a pollution-free environment and to develop any economic activity.

The Court also gave ten days for the Minister of Mining, Juan Carlos Jobet, and the Undersecretary of that entity, Edgar Blanco Rand, to present reports on the awards for the exploitation of lithium.

“Official for the purpose of notifying the respondent by the most expeditious means of the filing of this appeal and the granting of an order not to innovate, attaching a copy of the appeal and of this resolution”, indicated the Judicial Power.

The Chilean Ministry of Mining reported on January 12 that two quotas, of the five available, of 80,000 tons of lithium each, for a total of 121 million dollars, were awarded to the companies BYD Chile SpA and Mining Services and Operations. Northern SA

After the rejection of various sectors of the country for this action, a group of opposition deputies filed an appeal with the Comptroller General to request that the legality of the bidding process be investigated.

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