Sunday’s election for a new Chilean Constitutional Congress showed major dissent. A full 20% of the ballots were blank or purposely invalid. Of 15 million eligible voters in this mandatory election, only 12 million cast their votes. The right is claiming victory, since they won a majority of the seats in the 50-person congress. However, […]Read more
What Will Chile Do?
Are they on their way to a more participatory democracy in Chile? Will they overturn the 1980 constitution written under dictator Pinochet? Sunday, May 7th Chileans will choose the 50 members of the new constitutional congress. Every adult over 18 years of age is required to vote or be fined. As a plus, voting days are […]Read more
1 Famous Chilean Speaks in Michigan
This article is a Fake Flamenco exclusive. Find out the latest news on Chilean democracy. Thanks to Matthew Fletcher of Turtle Talk blog and professor at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor for announcing this exciting event on his website. He included the flier for Elisa Loncón Antileo’s “Reflections on Chile’s Constitutional Process and the […]Read more
Stuck on Page 49
Sunday, thirteen million Chileans voted on the first new constitution since the dictatorship. The Constitutional Congress worked for a calendar year on the document. In Santiago, huge rallies filling long city streets three days before the plebiscite showed huge numbers in favor of “Apruebo,” I approve. By 8 pm on September 4, the votes were […]Read more
New Chilean Constitution Vote Sunday September 4
For Chileans, the most important vote this year will be Sunday; to ratify or reject the new democratic Constitution. The 170+ page document carefully crafted over 12 months by the Constitutional Congress, guaranties rights to Chileans young and old, with and without resources, and to all ethnicities and genders. The Constitution specifically ensures the rights […]Read more
Who Replaced President Loncon of Chile’s Constitutional Congress?
I was shocked to hear Elisa Loncón’s stepping down as president of Chile’s Constitutional Congress. Six months ago, she made history as the Mapuche woman who won that leadership role. I was concerned she might be ill or that her university work pulled her away. After reading several articles to determine the impetus for the […]Read more