Chileans went to the polls today to decide in a plebiscite whether to approve or reject the draft Constitution prepared in order to replace the current Magna Carta, sanctioned during the last dictatorship (1973-90).
The rejection of the new Constitution of Chile was imposed with 62.2% of the valid votes of today’s plebiscite against 37.8% in favor of approval.
“We are shocked, sad, but we naturally admit defeat; it is a voice that spoke very cleanly and that must be listened to with humility and gratitude”, affirmed the president of the Social Green Regionalist Federation (FRVS, ruling party), Flavia Torrealba.
“Pinochet’s Constitution is buried, the process continues; we are going to a second stage of this conversation”he added.
Also, the former conventional Barbara Sepulvedaof the Communist Party, said that “Chile is going to have a new Constitution; sooner or later, the democratic decision of the people is going to manifest itself again and that process is going to represent the great majorities”.
For his part, President Gabriel borik He summoned leaders of the ruling coalition for tomorrow, at 4:00 p.m., to analyze in the Palacio de La Moneda how to give continuity to the constitutional process and reflect on the result of the plebiscite, according to official sources quoted by local media.
Meanwhile, supporters of the rejection celebrated in caravans of cars, which had taken the streets of different sectors of the capital and other cities in the country, with Chilean flags and honks.
The expectation was enormous, not only because of the transcendence of the decision, but also because, unlike the general elections -which are usually attended by around half of the electoral roll-, this time the vote was mandatory for around 15 million registered citizens.
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