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Chileans Wary as They Vote for New Constitution That Would Upend Free Market Model

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By Patricia Garip and

Juan Forero

Sept. 3, 2022 7:00 am ET

SANTIAGO, Chile—Chileans will vote Sunday on whether to adopt a new constitution that would overhaul Chile’s economic and political system by granting expanded rights to indigenous people, placing restrictions on its mining sector and scrapping its Senate.

Approval of the 50,000-word constitution would be a victory for the country’s new leftist president, Gabriel Boric, a former university protest leader who took office earlier this year at age 36 and pledged to tackle inequality and expand the state’s role in the economy.

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