The Foreign Desk

Explainer 266: Chile’s new constitution

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19 May 2021

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After years of mass demonstrations against the inequities in Chile’s constitution – which was drawn up during the 1980s military dictatorship – the government of president Piñera granted the citizens a referendum to scrap it. The result was an overwhelming “yes”. Voting took place last weekend to determine representatives who would write a new set of principles but, as Andrew Mueller explains, the results have not quite worked in the government’s favour.

19 May 2021

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