The End Approaches for Chile’s Military-Era Constitution


On April 11, Chileans elect an assembly to write fresh governing principles and put them to a national vote in 2022. The goal? A more inclusive country and the erasure of a much-amended relic of military rule, the 1980 constitution.

While some Chileans worry a new constitution that mandates a bigger state role would sap the economy, Indigenous groups see an opportunity.

Chile, with 19 million people, would be the first country with a constitution drafted by an assembly equally divided between men and women, according to the United Nations.

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Associated Press