SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) – Chileans preferred left-wing independent candidates to elect a new constitutional assembly, which they replaced during the military dictatorship of the 1980s.
A major blow to Chile’s traditional political forces, the vote in favor of the 155-member Constituent Assembly over the weekend gave 48 candidates to independent candidates, most of whom identified with the left-wing ideology, according to official results released Monday.
The next largest group was the center-right ruling coalition with 37 seats, followed by the Communist Party with 28 seats. Twenty-five seats went to another left-wing coalition, with 17 reserved for the natives.
“This is a catastrophic result,” left-wing Christian Democrat leader Fouad Shan said on Monday about the poor performance of Chilean political parties. Shine was elected a member of the new congregation.
Analysts and opinion polls suggested that independent candidates would win only 10-12 seats before the election.
Activist groups are fighting for a new constitution that includes equality for women, protection of the environment, indigenous peoples, and the right to abortion. Conservatives hope to maintain the dominant private sector ներ rules that make it difficult to make major reforms in the legislature.
But different groups will have limitations on their full intentions to be included in the new constitution, as the consent of two-thirds is required.
“It will take a lot of effort to get the required quorum,” said Rodrigo Espinoza, a professor at the University of Diego Portales.
Almost 80% of the voters who supported having a constitutional assembly last year drafted a new charter for the nation after a year of protests.
The document, which will come out of the meeting, will be put to a public vote in mid-2022. In case of rejection, the current constitution will remain in force.