The Chileans said “no” on Sunday to the text that was to replace the one inherited from Pinochet’s dictatorship. But President Gabriel Boric immediately announced his willingness to relaunch “a new constitutional process”.
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And no. The Chileans overwhelmingly rejected, on Sunday 4 September, the proposal for a new constitution which aimed to replace the one inherited from the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). The verdict of this referendum with compulsory voting is unambiguous and exceeds all the forecasts of the electoral institutes. About 61.9% of the voters, or more than 7.8 million people, canceled the ballot “I refuse”against 4.8 million (38.1%) in favor of the mention “I approve”, according to the final results.
This choice, however, only suspends the process of a new Constitution launched after the violent popular uprising of 2019 which demanded greater social justice, and made the one enlisted under the military regime guilty of all the ills of the country.
But President Gabriel Boric immediately announced his willingness to revive “a new constitutional process”. “I am committed to doing everything in my power to build a new constitutional process”the 36-year-old left-wing president elected last December solemnly declared after the results.
From the presidential palace of La Moneda, he launched himself “an appeal to all political forces to put Chile in front of any legitimate divergence and to agree as quickly as possible on deadlines and schemes” of this new process “in which, obviously, Parliament will have to be the main protagonist”.
Celebrating the “defeat for the re-founders of Chile”Javier Macaya, president of the ultra-conservative UDI party, said at a press conference that he also wanted to “to continue the constitutional process”, as the opposition had undertaken during the campaign to block the proposed text.