Chile’s far-right wins a new parliamentary election

Chile’s far-right wins a new parliamentary election

(CNN Spanish) — Chile’s Republican Party’s list was imposed this Sunday in new elections for members of the Constitutional Council, responsible for creating a new plan for the Magna Carta for citizens after a failed process in September 2022.

With 99.98% of polling stations counted, the far-right list led by former presidential candidate Jose Antonio Caste secured 22 of the 50 seats with 3,468,115 votes (35.40%), according to Chile’s Electoral Service (Servel). .

Unity for Chile, the governing party, won 17 seats with 2,800,973 votes (28.59%). It was followed by traditional right-wing groups Chile Seguro (21.07%) winning 11 seats; Then there were invalid votes, totaling 2,119,488 votes (16.98%).

Supporters of the far-right Republican Party celebrate the victory of their candidates during the election to elect members of the Constitutional Council, which will draft a new proposed constitution, at the headquarters of the Republican Party in Santiago on May 7, 2023. (Credit: JAVIER TORRES /AFP via Getty Images)

“Chile has defeated a failed government, it must be said loud and clear. A government that cannot face the social crisis in the insecurity crisis, the immigration crisis, the economic crisis, health, education, housing and more,” said Jose Antonio Cast from the headquarters of the Republican Party this Sunday. At a press conference.

For his part, Chile’s President Gabriel Boric promised on Sunday, “The previous process failed, among other things, because we do not know how to listen to each other among those who think differently. I would like to call on the Republican Party, which has an undoubted first majority in this election, not to make the same mistake we did that time. This process cannot be one of revenge, but rather of putting Chile and its people before party or personal interests.

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With these results, Chile’s right wing has reached a total of 33 constituencies of councilors, surpassing the three-fifths mark, so it can easily approve and change regulations.

According to Servell data, 12,483,719 people voted in these mandatory elections.

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