Chile’s New Constitution Is Inspiring Everyone but Chilean Voters

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Chilean President Gabriel Boric, center, holds the final draft of country’s new constitution, alongside Maria Elisa Quinteros and Gaspar Dominguez, members of the Constitutional Convention, in Santiago, Chile, July 4, 2022 (AP photo by Luis Hidalgo).

In 2019, the year before the coronavirus pandemic began, a series of popular uprisings erupted in a large number of countries. That included Chile, where public discontent finally boiled over following an increase in public transportation prices. After dozens had been killed in the unrest, the Chilean government took the protesters’ grievances seriously, and then-President Sebastian Pinera agreed to a dramatic course of action: The country would rewrite its constitution. The following year, in the middle of the pandemic, nearly 80 percent of Chilean voters agreed to the plan in a national referendum. The country was jubilant. Now, nearly three years after those initial protests, the proposed new […]

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