What’s at Stake in Chile Debate Over New Constitution

When public anger at government policies erupted in civil unrest in Chile in late 2019, President Sebastian Pinera ceded to a key demand of protesters and proposed a mechanism for rewriting the country’s constitution. Chileans appear likely to approve the redrafting in an April 26 referendum, with polls showing around 70% support. Still, the issue is provoking acrimonious debate. For those on the left, rewriting the charter drawn up during the 1973-1990 military dictatorship is the only way to h