The United States says Chile showed its commitment to democracy during plebiscite
This is what John Kirby, one of the White House spokesmen, said in a press conference.
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"Our view is that the Chilean people have again demonstrated Chile's commitment to democracy and this is how it is supposed to work," said John Kirby, a White House spokesperson when the topic of Chile's latest constitutional effort came up
Kirby further explained that the United States remains committed to helping the Latin American country and that it "continues its democratic process to provide prosperity and opportunity for all Chileans."
He concluded that this is "how democracy works and we respect that."
For his part, U.S. President Joe Biden has maintained contact with Chilean President Gabriel Boric, who was also visiting in June for the IX Summit of the Americas.
Both leaders spoke by telephone in December 2021, after Boric was elected president.
In Chile, the "rejection" of the new constitution on Sunday, Sept. 4, won with 62% of the votes, a result that keeps the current constitution drafted during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) in place.
There was hope that the new document would provide more equal rights, but it only obtained 38% of votes with more than 95% counted.
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