Latin America

Chile’s Constitutional Assembly enters decisive rounds of voting

The left has the advantage in introducing reforms, but internal divisions have caused some proposals to stall already

home ownership constitutional assembly Inside the former Chilean Congress building, where a new constitution is being drafted. Photo: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters via Alamy
Inside the former Chilean Congress building, where a new constitution is being drafted. Photo: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters via Alamy

Chile’s Constituent Assembly has just had its most important week since creation, as the norms drafted by its committees started making their way to the floor for general votes, deciding whether they will be included in the country’s new constitution.

The assembly has been tasked with replacing the dictatorship-era charter originally passed by General Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship in 1980. Calls for a new constitution were at the heart of the so-called Estallido Social (Social Outburst) protests that upended Chile between 2019 and 2021. The rallying cry was one of rejection to mainstream politics, not only targeting billionaire businessman President...

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