Latin America

Chilean impeachment vote one shenanigan after another

The lower house approved continuing the impeachment process against President Piñera by a slim 78-67 margin — only obtained after a series of last-minute maneuvers to allow all anti-Piñera voters to attend

Sebastián Piñera impeachment
President Sebastián Piñera is facing some turbulent last few months in office. Photo: Vanessa Carvalho/Brazil Photo Press/Folhapress

There is a reason, they say, for magical realism being created in South America — reality here can be more tantalizing than fiction. Last night, the Chilean lower house’s vote on the impeachment of right-wing President Sebastián Piñera was undoubtedly one of these moments when real-life politics beats any television script. When lawmakers were not fiddling with Covid controls at the entrance to Congress, they were engaging in 15-hour “reverse filibusters,” all to approve articles of impeachment against Mr. Piñera, who only has months remaining in his presidential term.

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