Weekly Report - 11 May 2023 (WR-23-19)

Boric suffers serious setback as far right sweeps elections

It is no exaggeration to say that the outcome of the elections held in Chile on 7 May could not have been any worse for President Gabriel Boric. Boric had revived the faltering process to rewrite the constitution, by means of an elected body, after painstaking negotiations with the traditional right. But, in a bitter irony for him, the far-right party that did not even participate in these talks, and opposes changing the current constitution, won the most seats on the new constitutional council tasked with drafting a new constitution. It was an unalloyed defeat for Boric, ending his dream of a progressive constitution to replace the document drawn up during the military dictatorship led by General Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990).

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