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Chileans Reject New Constitution, With Some Calling it “Too Radical”

Chileans overwhelmingly rejected the draft of a new constitution, proving analysts’ argument that the new charter is “too radical” to be accepted.

The rejection has further eroded the image of the country’s 36-year-old left-leaning President, Gabriel Boric, who’ll try to continue his campaign to convince Chileans.

The new constitution would have allowed the creation of autonomous provinces and a parallel justice system for the country’s indigenous people, who comprise around 13% of the population.

In addition, it would have forced the government to provide many essential services, such as education, healthcare and housing free of cost. The now-rejected draft would also have replaced the Senate with a Chamber of Regions.

“Chile needs change, but it does not need communism, and that is what this process was attempting. It was creating inequality and division in Chile,” stated a voter named Monica in the capital Santiago.

The draft of the constitution offered women the right to abortion and required the government to fill up 50% of positions in official institutions with women.

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Some analysts say the rejection is threatening to destroy the political fortune of the young president, whose approval rating has fallen way below 50% over the past months.

Narayan Ammachchi

News Editor for Nearshore Americas, Narayan Ammachchi is a career journalist with a decade of experience in politics and international business. He works out of his base in the Indian Silicon City of Bangalore.

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