In the referendum held on September 4, 2022, 62% of the Chilean population rejected the draft for a new constitution that had been drawn up by the exceptionally democratic Constitutional Convention over the course of 2021 and 2022. On December 15 of the same year, the parties represented in Parliament agreed to begin a new process, which now focuses on the participation of experts appointed by the parties and, only secondarily, of elected representatives. Last Sunday, May 7, the elections for representatives to the Constitutional Council took place in Chile. The election results are highly revealing of the characteristics of this constitutional reform process: the Republican Party of Chile won the majority of votes, with 35.41% of the vote and 23 elected representatives out of a total of 50.
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