Explainer: Is Chile about to tear up its Pinochet-era constitution? | Reuters

SANTIAGO, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Chileans will head to the polls on Sunday to approve or reject a new constitution that would replace the Andean country’s current text that dates back decades to the era of military dictator Augusto Pinochet.

The proposed new constitution focuses on social rights, the environment and gender equality, a sharp shift from the market-orientated current one that underpinned decades of growth but that stoked inequalities that led to months of angry protests in 2019.

The new text, if approved, would set the stage for stronger environmental protections in the world’s top producer of copper and No. 2 producer of battery metal lithium, which has stoked some concern in the mining sector.

Explainer: Is Chile about to tear up its Pinochet-era constitution? | Reuters