Clara da Costa-Reidel and Tom Sullivan
Chile’s new constitution defeated
Clara da Costa-Reidel and Tom Sullivan

The Chilean population has voted overwhelmingly to reject a proposal for a new constitution to replace the current document, written under the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet. The shockingly strong “reject” vote of 62 percent comes just two years after an explosion of street protests and strikes forced conservative President Sebastian Piñera to promise the drafting of a new constitution.

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