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    The South American country Chile is about to get a new constitution. Political independents and left-wing parties look set to dominate construction of the first draft after this weekend’s landmark poll, as

    the conservative coalition of President Sebastian Pinera had not achieved its aim of winning a third of the seats. A new constitution was a key demand of protesters who took to the streets in 2019 in weeks of demonstrations that left several dozen dead. The vote is being called Chile’s most important election since its return to democracy 31 years ago.

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    In This Story: Chile

    Chile, officially the Republic of Chile, is a country in western South America. It occupies a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Chile covers an area of 756,096 square kilometres (291,930 sq mi) and has a population of 17.5 million as of 2017. The capital and largest city is Santiago and the national language is Spanish.

    Chile borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south. Chilean territory includes the Pacific islands of Juan Fernández, Isla Salas y Gómez, Desventuradas, and Easter Island in Oceania. Chile also claims about 1,250,000 square kilometres (480,000 sq mi) of Antarctica under the Chilean Antarctic Territory.

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