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Chile: election of progressive indigenous academic to oversee constitutional reform is a blow to right-wing establishment

By Carole Concha Bell, PhD candidate, Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies, King's College London
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An indigenous academic will head up Chile’s newly formed constitutional convention, sending shock waves through Chile’s conservative right-wing establishment.

Elisa Loncon was voted in by delegates on July 4 after an election on May 17 returned a large majority of independent and opposition members. For many, her leadership heralds the start of a radical progressive shift in the country’s politics.

The 155-member constitutional convention will now meet to rewrite Chile’s constitution,…

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