Chileans have voted in a landslide to rewrite their country’s current constitution, which dates back to four decades ago under the dictatorial rule of General Augusto Pinochet.
Chileans have voted in a landslide to rewrite their country’s current constitution, which dates back to nearly four decades ago under the dictatorial rule of General Augusto Pinochet.
According to the official results of the referendum election held last October 25, seventy-eight percent of voters are in favor to draft a new constitution.
The referendum election is a result of mass protests last year that called for a new constitution to fix deep social and economic qualities in the South American country.
“Until now, the constitution has divided us. From today, we must all work together so that the new constitution is the great framework of unity, stability and future,” President Sebastian Piñera said in an address to the nation, confirming the election results.
“This is a triumph for all Chileans who love democracy, unity, and peace,” Piñera also said.
Voters were also in favor for the new constitution to be drafted by a body of 155 citizens to be elected in April 2021, rejecting the alternative of a body made up of a mix of current legislators and citizens.
Once drafted, the new constitution would face another referendum election scheduled for 2022.
Thousands gathered in Plaza Baquedano in the capital of Santiago on the evening of Octoner 25 to celebrate the results with fireworks, singing in unison, and the word “rebirth” beamed onto a tower.
The election took place nearly 40 years after Chileans voted to end the military dictatorship of Pinochet in 1988, leading to his stepping down in 1990.