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In the Midst of Crisis, Chile Sets Out on Writing a New Constitution

MIN READOct 30, 2020 | 21:24 GMT

The Chilean flag is projected on the presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, on Oct. 25, 2020, after the country voted to create a new constitution.

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In an Oct. 25 referendum, a resounding majority of Chileans (78 percent) voted to create a new constitution that will be written by a newly elected constitutional convention, kicking off a long process that will occupy Chile’s attention through 2021. Chile will face a period of economic uncertainty as the country moves forward with simultaneously creating a new constitution and navigating out of the deep recession generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Balancing the objectives of incorporating pressing social demands in the new constitution, while preserving the policies that have provided long-term economic stability, will be key for Chile to maintain sustained economic growth....

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