Chilean voters reject constitution targeting economy and indigenous peoples’ rights

SANTIAGO, Chile—Chileans on Sunday overwhelmingly rejected a draft constitution that would have stifled the country’s market economy, undermined the balance of power in government and granted sweeping rights to indigenous peoples.

The result of a national referendum was a blow for the new left-wing president, Gabriel Boric, a 36-year-old former student protest leader who has pledged to expand the role of the state in the economy and improve public services for the poorest Chileans who feel abandoned in the most developed country. from Latin America. Although elected in December with strong support from young Chileans, Mr Boric had, in a recent Cadem poll, slipped to 39% approval as the economy collapsed and violence increased at the heart of the community. indigenous Mapuche in the central valley of Chile.


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