Chileans Overwhelmingly Vote Out Right Wing Pinochet-Era Constitution

  • Chileans voted overwhelmingly in a landmark referendum Sunday to replace their dictatorship-era constitution, long seen as underpinning the nation’s glaring economic and social inequalities.
  • Acknowledging the result, President Sebastián Piñera called on the nation to work together for a “new constitution” in a speech broadcast from his Moneda Palace. The result set off wild celebrations across the capital and other cities after voters turned out in droves to throw-out the constitution left by the regime of 1973-1990 dictator Augusto Pinochet.
  • With more than half the votes counted, the “Approve” campaign had amassed 77.9 percent of the vote, with the “Reject” campaign polling just 22.10 percent. Among the 60,000 Chileans living abroad who voted in 65 nations, the vote was 86 percent for a new constitution and 13 percent against, officials said. About 15 million Chileans were eligible to vote.

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