June 4, 2023

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In Chile’s first count, the far-right took advantage of the constituencies’ election

SANTIAGO, Chile.- The first tallies from Sunday’s elections in Chile showed that Right-wing forces steered the results of the draft of a new constitutionIn the country’s second attempt to change the Basic Charter issued by the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.

According to the Election Commission’s online platform, 95.13% polling booths have been counted. The far-right Republican Party, led by José Antonio Cast, leading with 43.1%. In second place is the President’s Left Alliance Gabriel Boric, Unit for Chile, 33.3%, followed by Chile Seguro (21.6%) in third place. The Pueblo Indigena Party gets 2%.

A man casts his vote at the former Mapocho train station, now a cultural center, during elections to elect members of the Constitutional Council that will draft a new constitutional proposal, Sunday, May 7, 2023, in Santiago, Chile.

As analysts and politicians believe The election will also be a virtual referendum on President Borik’s administrationAccording to polls, whose disapproval is close to 70%.

The new Constituent Assembly has 50 members – 25 women and 25 men – and articles must be approved by a three-fifths majority and put to a referendum in December.

After that block lane was opened 2019’s Violent Social OutbreakControlled by Congress with a call for a plebiscite in which 78% of the electorate voted in favor of the new constitution.

However, Chilean voters appear unconcerned this time around with the election of the Constituent Assembly, whose members will draft a new constitutional text proposal, which is due to go to a vote on December 17. With this day Chile has seven elections in three-and-a-half years, and this is their second congress in two years.

Chile’s President Gabriel Boric shows his ballot before voting during elections to elect members of the Constitutional Council that will draft a new constitutional proposal, Sunday, May 7, 2023, in Punta Arenas, Chile.Andres Poblete – AP

In this election, the alliance or party that gets 30 of the 50 seats in the Constituent Assembly will keep the drafting of a new constitution in its own hands without negotiating with other powers, while the winner of 21 seats will have power. Veto and search for consensus can be pressed.

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According to random opinion polls, the conservative Republican Party, which rejects a new constitution, will get a good number of votes and threaten the center-right’s hegemony, which is reaching agreements with the dialogue and Boris’s left-wing government.

There is also a possibility of the opposition parties coming together to achieve 3/5 seats (60%), which would make very little difference to the ruling party influencing the text.

Meanwhile, Boric’s two political coalitions, one from the left and the other from the center-left, want to get by 21 quotas to gain veto power and forcing the opposition to negotiate the provisions of the text.

Servell (Chile’s Electoral Service) workers help set up polling stations for the May 6, 2023 election of the Constitutional Council, which will draft a proposal for a new constitution, at the National Stadium in Santiago.Martin Bernetti – AFP

Unlike the first batch process, when drafts of text start from a blank sheet of paper, 50 consultants will work on the draft constitution prepared by 24 experts appointed by political parties.

In turn, experts worked within the framework of 12 constitutional principles elaborated by political parties to avoid the re-fundamental changes included in the rejected text, which proposed a Chile with indigenous autonomy.

Chile is a unitary state with fundamentals that respect rights such as life, property and equality before the law. The directors, who are to be structured on the same basis, will be given five months to prepare a fresh proposal.

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Reuters and AP agencies


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