Weekly Report - 14 January 2021 (WR-21-02)

CHILE: First blood to right ahead of crucial elections

It looks as if parties on the right of the political spectrum will have a greater input into Chile’s new constitution than those on the left. Mutual recriminations broke out this week among left-wing politicians concerned that they could be about to blow a historic opportunity to infuse the constitution with a spirit of social justice, supplanting the more authoritarian aspects of the current carta magna drawn up under the dictatorship led by General Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). The ruling right-of-centre Chile Vamos coalition presented a joint list of candidates with the far right ahead of the 11 January deadline for registration to compete in April’s constituent convention elections. The left-wing opposition, meanwhile, presented separate lists, which could result in reduced representation in the 155-seat body.

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