Explaining Brazil #131: What the future holds for Chile

Chile voted to scrap its 1980 constitution. What comes next?

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Chile endured one of the most brutal of Latin America’s dictatorships, under the rule of General Augusto Pinochet. Throughout his 17 years as president, Pinochet oversaw the execution of thousands of his critics, along with tens of thousands more arbitrary arrests, incidents of torture, and forced disappearances, while Pinochet himself amassed a huge personal fortune.

On Sunday, Chileans voted to draft a new Constitution, doing away with Pinochet’s charter once and for all. And this was no tight referendum, a stunning 78 percent voted in favor of drafting a new constitution. This week, we speak to an expert on Chile to learn more about this movement and how the country will design its new constitution.

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On this episode:

  • Daniel Figueroa is a political scientist from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and a Chevening scholar at the University of Sussex.

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