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Boric Faces Big Leadership Test in Chile Constitution Vote

  • Recent polls show proposed charter will be rejected on Sunday
  • Unease about articles, economic slowdown loom over referendum
Gabriel Boric
Gabriel BoricPhotographer: Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg
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Chile is gearing up for a historic referendum on a new constitution that would reshape the rules governing a country traditionally known as an investor favorite.  

The yes-or-no vote Sunday will likely set up years of intense political wrangling, while posing the biggest challenge yet to the leadership of the nation’s progressive president, Gabriel Boric. He came to office as Chile’s youngest-ever head of state, supporting a new constitution to tackle inequalities and protect the environment.