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Security & Strategic Review - August 2021

CHILE: Structural political changes on the horizon?

Chile’s 155-member constituent convention held its inaugural session on 4 July, formally launching the historical process of rewriting the constitution. Ten days later, on 14 July, the country’s first elected governors were sworn in, marking a concrete advance in attempts to decentralise Chile’s power structure, which is heavily concentrated in Santiago. The election of these new representatives back in May – as well as the municipal elections held at the same time – marked a political shift, with traditional parties performing poorly on both the left and the right; the constituent convention in particular could also herald possible deeper changes to Chile’s political system.  

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