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Chile forced back to the drawing board after new constitution scuttled

By Reuters —  Alexander Villegas Sep 05, 2022 Boric on Monday held meetings with political and social leaders over how to salvage plans for a new constitution, bruised by the vote that saw some 7.9 million Chileans reject the proposal against 4.9 million in favor, a larger-than-expected landslide loss.

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¿Quieres recibir nuestro exclusivo boletín informativo en tu correo? ¡Suscríbete a #BoletinPatilla! With mandatory voting driving strong turnout of some 13 million people, the reject camp overturned momentum from a 2020 referendum when 80% of Chileans had voted in favor of drafting a new constitution, though only 7.6 million people then had voted.

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“Beyond the legitimate differences, I know that the desire for dialogue and meetings prevails. We continue and will move forward,” Boric wrote on Twitter on Monday after having given a conciliatory speech on Sunday night calling for unity

The reject camp won in almost all districts of the country, the world’s top producer of copper and the No. 2 for lithium, where decades of relative conservative and market-led policy were shaken up in 2019 by fiery protests against inequality that many blamed on the Pinochet-era constitution

For some voters, the drafters felt too connected to the violent protest movement. Maria Rivas, an engineer originally from Venezuela, said the proposal failed because it was “created in anger, under strong tensions and divisions and was not good for Chile.”

The process was also flooded with misinformation about the new constitution, a factor some voters think impacted the vote so heavily

“If people had informed themselves better, if they had believed less in lies, the outcome would have been different,” said Susana Lobos, who works in advertising. “But they believed in the social media, in lies they heard and they were scared, believing Chile could turn into Venezuela.”

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