Chile postpones constitutional referendum

Chilean lawmakers voted to postpone an upcoming vote on changing the constitution in light of the growing coronavirus pandemic. The vote was scheduled to take place on April 26. It is now scheduled for October 25.

According to Reuters, the idea was originally proposed by the Minister of Health last week, which was heavily criticized at the time. However, lawmakers changed their minds after meeting with medical professionals.

According to data from the World Health Organization, there are 342 cases of COVID-19 in Chile.

Data from the World Health Organization / Graph by Nathan Davis

Calls for a new constitution began in October during massive protests over a hike in public transportation fare hikes. However, the purpose of the protests soon expanded to include issues of healthcare, education, pensions, and wages.

After nearly a month of protests, the government agreed to hold a plebiscite to call for a constitutional convention.

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