Latin America

What next after Chile’s Congress approves Trans-Pacific Partnership

President Gabriel Boric vows to sign bill into law despite domestic opposition within his own camp, while others in the region also signal intent of joining

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Crane fork loads cargo ship with containers at the Port of Iquique. Photo: Jose Luis Stephens/Shutterstock

Joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been a thorny issue for Chile’s ruling coalition.

President Gabriel Boric has been a critic of the agreement in the past, and the deal was certainly not a part of his campaign platform. But his government’s turn to the center after the landslide defeat of the proposed new constitution led the president to greenlight discussion of the TPP in the Senate, whose approval was pending for Chile to ratify its adherence.

The bill passed by 27 votes to 10 on October 11, with a majority of votes coming from right-wing representatives, while the...

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