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Will Chile Finally Shed Its Pinochet-era Constitution?

Cabarineros begin a show of force during a protest in Viña Del Mar, Chile in February 2020. (Photo by Nikki Rojas)

In a month, Chile will hold a national plebiscite to determine whether a new constitution will be written to replace the one written during the Pinochet dictatorship. The referendum comes a year after student-led protests about subway fare-hikes turned demonstrations over inequality in the South American country.

The plebiscite was initially scheduled to be held in April but was postponed as the country aimed to control a coronavirus outbreak. Chile has the fifth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in South America, with 442,827 reported cases and more than 12,100 recorded deaths.

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