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Chile postpones elections of constitution commission due to Covid-19

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera announced that this week’s landmark polls to elect for councillors, mayors and, for the first time ever, regional governors

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  8 April 2021 5:20 AM GMT

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera announced that this week's landmark polls to elect for councillors, mayors and, for the first time ever, regional governors and members of a constituent assembly to draft a new Constitution, will be postponed till May 15-16 due to a COVID-19 resurgence. In a speech at the government palace, Pinera on Tuesday said the decision prioritises the health of both the country's democracy and its people, reports Xinhua news agency. "Given the strong re-emergence of the coronavirus pandemic and the appearance of new variants, not only in Chile, but throughout the world, and considering the high demand our health system is facing it did not seem prudent or advisable to hold elections this coming weekend," he said. (IANS)

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