Security & Strategic Review - July 2023

Chile’s second constitutional reform attempt veers to the right

After dissatisfaction with social inequality saw mass protests erupt in Chile in 2019, the country’s political class agreed to launch a constituent process to replace the current magna carta, which was drafted during General Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship (1973-1990). A first draft, slammed as messy and too radically progressive, was rejected in a referendum last September. A second attempt is now underway [SSR-23-04] but could go in the opposite direction and deliver a text that many Chileans consider not much better than the current Pinochet-era version (which underwent several revisions since the return to democracy).

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