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What’s at stake in Chile’s constitutional election?

A product of the 2019 protests, the new constitution would inscribe new social rights. But low trust and rising poverty mean the situation remains combustible

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Ballot cast in favor of a new constitution during the October 2020 referendum in Chile. Photo: Klopping/Shutterstock

Welcome to “Number of the Week,” where we choose a single figure that helps understanding what is going on in Latin America. This week’s numbers explain what is at stake as Chile elects a new Constitutional Assembly.

155officials
will draft a new constitution for Chile

Chileans lack faith in their institutions. According to a November 2020 study by Almabrands, only one-quarter of citizens trust the government. Other institutions suffer a trust deficit, such as the police – previously the third-most trusted institution in the country in 2016, down to 159th by last year. 

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