Chile’s Young President Hits Early Headwinds

Chile's new President Gabriel Boric poses for a photo for journalists after posing for an official group photo with his Cabinet, at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, March 12, 2022 (AP photo by Esteban Felix).
Chile's new President Gabriel Boric poses for a photo for journalists after posing for an official group photo with his Cabinet, at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, March 12, 2022 (AP photo by Esteban Felix).

Barely a month into his presidency, Chile’s young leftist leader, Gabriel Boric, is running into unexpected turbulence. The 36-year-old former student leader aims to overhaul the country’s conservative political and economic system in order to tackle chronic inequality, and hopes to usher in a new constitution as the vehicle for that transformation. But the constitution-writing process, once launched with high expectations, is now losing favor among the Chilean people. Last week, Boric announced the official date for the plebiscite in which Chileans will cast a mandatory vote on a proposed constitution, which is now being drafted by a constitutional assembly. […]

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