Mexico, Oct 26 (EFE) .- The Government of Mexico congratulated Chile on Sunday for the “broad democratic exercise” that the plebiscite entailed in which the Chileans decided to replace their current Constitution, drawn up during the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.
“Congratulations to Chile for the successful and comprehensive democratic exercise carried out today, congratulations !!!”, said the Secretary of Foreign Relations of Mexico, Marcelo Ebrard, in a message on Twitter.
In the same social network, the Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Mexican Foreign Ministry, Maximiliano Reyes, highlighted the “high level of citizen participation in the national plebiscite, with which it was approved to hold a constituent process.”
Chileans decided this Sunday by an overwhelming majority of 78.2% to replace their current Constitution, drawn up during the Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990), when almost 87% of the votes had been counted.
More than 14.7 million Chileans were called to go to the polls in a vote that was held in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and filled with sanitary restrictions.
The latest data for participation is 41.06%, in line with what the country has registered in its different elections since voting ceased to be mandatory in 2012.
Chileans abroad were also able to vote on this day, such as the singer who lives in Mexico Mon Laferte, who came this Sunday to cast her vote at the Consulate General of Chile in the Mexican capital.
Through her Instagram account, the artist published a photograph in which she appears inside the consulate voting with a mask and a short text in which she revealed the meaning of her vote: “I already voted #plebiscitoChile #apruebo”.
The plebiscite was the result of a political agreement between the ruling party and almost all the opposition forces to decompress the serious wave of protests unleashed last year against inequality and in favor of better basic services.
Among massive peaceful demonstrations it also produced episodes of extreme violence and police repression, causing at least 30 deaths and thousands of injuries.
On the red carpet at last year’s Latin Grammys, Mon Laferte managed to focus the international press on the Chilean protests by showing bare breasts and denouncing that in Chile they “torture, rape and kill.”
(c) EFE Agency