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Chile overwhelmingly approved a constitutional reform with a specially elected assembly

Monday, October 26th 2020 - 09:56 UTC
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Just over 78 percent, that is, nearly six million people, voted “I approve”, while nearly 22 percent of voters voted “I reject”. Photo: EFE Just over 78 percent, that is, nearly six million people, voted “I approve”, while nearly 22 percent of voters voted “I reject”. Photo: EFE
The option for it to be written by a Constitutional Convention with newly elected representatives of the people got almost 79% The option for it to be written by a Constitutional Convention with newly elected representatives of the people got almost 79%

The referendum in Chile was held on Sunday with a resounding result in favor of reforming the constitution. After last year's social protests, it was decided to consult citizens if they wanted to begin the process of promulgating a new Chilean constitution, leaving the one approved during the time of Augusto Pinochet in 1980 without effect.

The final results, with all the roundtables already counted, were very conclusive, as a large majority was inclined to vote in favor.

The citizens were asked two questions. The first was “Do you want a new constitution? A little over 78%, that is almost 6 million people, voted ”I approve“, while almost 22%, which represented more than one and a half million voters, were inclined to ”I reject“.

The Plaza Italia, renamed Plaza Dignidad, where citizens usually demonstrate against the government, was filled with people celebrating these results.

The second question to be answered by the citizens, which would only be effective if they won ”Approval“ in the first consultation, was: ”What kind of body should write the New Constitution? The option for it to be written by a Constitutional Convention with new representatives elected by the people got almost 79%, while the option for a Joint Constitutional Convention, with some new representatives and some current parliamentarians, took 21% of the votes.

Just over 7.5 million people voted, representing a 50 per cent turnout as there were almost 15 million eligible voters. Taking into account that it was not compulsory and that participation levels are low in Chile, it was higher than expected. The “Apruebo” also exceeded expectations, as it was believed that it would win, but not because of this difference.

As the option for the promulgation of a new constitution triumphed, this process does not end on Sunday but has only just begun. The next step will be on 11 April 2021, when elections will be held for the Constituent Convention. The elected representatives will then have nine months to draft a new constitution, renewable for three more. When it is finished, there will be a “exit” ratification plebiscite to repeal the old constitution, which will probably take place during 2022.

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  • Tarquin Fin

    Think, your appetite for destruction is remarkable. Who cares about your drink?

    Oct 26th, 2020 - 07:21 pm +4
  • Chicureo

    Mr. FortHay

    Actually, they'll be squabbling here for the next two years about the recognition of indigenous transsexual rights and other nonsense — but it does provide a safety valve to release pressure as our society was in revolt prior to the pandemic.

    From an economic standpoint — the rich only get even more richer — as the normally strong Peso fell against the US Dollar. Unlike some other South American countries — we are allowed to maintain accounts in dollars.

    This currency change is an advantage for exporters — who's costs are generally in Pesos and their profits are in Dollars.

    I made no secret about my misgivings about changing our national constitution — but personally the aftermath is very financially positive.

    As I've warned Señor THINK — only the wealthy will get even more wealthier.

    ¡Saludos!

    Oct 27th, 2020 - 01:23 pm +4
  • Chicureo

    Estimado THINK

    Actually my knowledge of bovine lactose production is very limited — and we haven't had a cow on our farm since the Unidad Popular.

    I have though enthusiastically observed the magnificent mammillary gland superiority of the female Scandinavian/Germanic gender over the more modest South American contemporaries.

    Just watching the bosomed females in their open blouse dirndls serving beer brings such great admiration of their attributes...

    Interestingly the SII not only knows my modest production — but also has a keen knowledge of my actual sales abroad. (The game of false invoicing was defeated two decades ago.)

    The penalties are so severe — only a greedy idiot would risk his patrimony.

    Prost! ...or is it Skål?

    Oct 27th, 2020 - 06:27 pm +3
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