Sunday, August 1

Elections in Chile | “The Constituent process is an example of hope for Latin America and the rest of the world, and it can be like Scandinavia”


  • Daniel Garcia Marco
  • BBC World News

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In a convulsive climate in Latin America, exacerbated by the pandemic and with Colombia as the most current example, the Chilean process is observed as a possible example

Chile will elect this weekend the 155 members who will form the Constituent Convention and will draft a new Constitution, a process that arose in response to the demands of the social outbreak that shook the country as of October 2019.

The procedure, supported by 78% of the voters in a referendum in October 2020, will end in 2022 with another popular consultation that will approve or reject the text that will replace the 1980 Constitution written under the military regime of Augusto Pinochet.

The members, who will be elected on an equal basis between men and women and among whom there will be guaranteed representation for indigenous peoples, will make decisions by a two-thirds majority in a process that will last from nine to 12 months.

In a convulsive climate in Latin America, exacerbated by the pandemic and with Colombia as the most current example, what is happening in Chile is seen as a possible example of how to address social demands with a democratic process that renews the State.


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