Latin America

Boric has a plan B if Chile rejects the new constitution

The president has proposed a new Constituent Assembly should the draft document be voted down in the September 4 referendum. But campaign leaders remain optimistic about victory

Boric Chile rejects new constitution
Chilean President Gabriel Boric makes a speech in Valparaiso. Photo: Cristobal Basaure Araya/Sipa USA/Alamy Live News

Not long ago, the constitutional debate in Chile was framed as a clear binary: either pass the new charter proposed by the convention or retain the Augusto Pinochet military dictatorship-era constitution. In government circles, it was taboo to suggest there could be a third option, with many in the ruling coalition arguing that to accept such a thing would be a sign of weakness.

But with President Gabriel Boric struggling to secure backing from centrist politicians and voters alike, and polls showing a likely rejection of the new draft in the September 4 exit referendum, the government has...

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