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Chile Congress Backs Bill Making Constitution Changes Easier

  • Lawmakers eye options if voters reject proposed new charter
  • Chileans to vote on new constitution in Sept. 4 referendum
La Moneda Palace in Santiago, Chile, on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. 
La Moneda Palace in Santiago, Chile, on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Photographer: Tamara Merino/Bloomberg
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Chile’s congress gave its final approval to a bill that makes it easier to amend the current constitution as polls show more voters inclined to reject the proposed new charter in next month’s referendum.

The lower house on Wednesday voted 130 to 15 in favor of legislation lowering the congressional majority needed for those amendments to four-sevenths, following senate approval of the bill in July. Until now, such changes needed support from either three-fifths or two-thirds of lawmakers.