Chile’s voters went to the polls on Sunday, May 7, in a new effort to replace the country’s constitution, a holdover from the era of Augusto Pinochet.
If all goes as planned, they will vote again in mid-December on a new document drafted by the 50-member council they chose Sunday.
Last September, Chileans overwhelmingly rejected a draft constitution that many considered too leftist. Polls suggest conservatives will likely make up a majority on the new Constitutional Council.
Members will work from a preliminary draft written by 24 experts chosen by Congress. The preliminary document recognizes indigenous peoples; creates a separation of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government; and guarantees rights to life, property and equality.
The Pinochet-era constitution has been amended more than 20 times since it took full effect in 1990.
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