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In a historic election, Chile rejected the new Constitution

With more than 96% of the tables counted, the Rejection was imposed with an overwhelming 61.92%. The option of accepting the new Magna Carta, backed by President Gabriel Boric, was supported by only 38% of voters.

According to official data, the rejection option prevailed in the 16 regions of the country, while the ‘approval’ option won only abroad.

With this resounding rejection, the current Fundamental Law will remain in force, although the Chilean president has already announced that he will convene a new constitutional process and that the mandate of the October 2020 plebiscite will be fulfilled, in which almost 80% of Chileans requested a constitutional change. However, uncertainty is growing because there is still no political agreement on how this new process will be developed.

The Chilean president is expected to offer a national chain message once the result is confirmed, regardless of the winning option.

For the time being, it was learned that he had already summoned the leaders of all the political parties to a meeting this Monday at the La Moneda palace (seat of government) to analyze the results of the constitutional plebiscite held on Sunday, the local press reported.

According to the media, which quote various politicians, the appointment is at 4:00 p.m. local time (8:00 p.m. GMT) at the Executive headquarters.

“By special request of His Excellency, the President of the Republic, I am pleased to invite you, in your capacity as president of a party with parliamentary representation, to a space for transversal dialogue on the challenges that we must face as a country to give continuity to the Constituent process”, indicates the invitation broadcast by local media.

In a first analysis of the results, the president of the Independent Democratic Union (UDI), a conservative force, Javier Macaya, assured the press that “this absolutely surpassed the traditional scenario of the right against the left. That is the reason why common sense has triumphed today.”

Along the same lines, the senator of the Socialist party in the southern region of Los Lagos, Fidel Espinoza, harshly criticized the conventionalists and summoned them to take responsibility for what he called a “debacle.”

“Let the conventional gentlemen take responsibility for this debacle. They wrote a Constitution out of hatred and their frustrations”, he indicated. “They wanted to go for everything and left us with nothing, they will go down in history. We told it to Gabriel Boric himself months ago. They ignored us,” he added.

The elements that caused the most divisions in the project were having enshrined indigenous plurinationality and having included abortion in its new catalog of social rights, the right to “dignified” housing in a text with a marked environmental emphasis that nevertheless maintained the model of market economy.

All the polls had anticipated the victory of the “Rejection” but none with such ease.

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