Politics Rundown: Governments shift in Europe and Latin America

Queen Elizabeth II appoints new Prime Minister for the United Kingdom after Boris Johnson resigned and Chile’s citizens reject a proposed constitution.

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Chile rejected a new constitution proposed under president Gabriel Boric.

Dalet Valles, News Editor

After Boris Johnson’s resignation, formally announced on Tuesday, Liz Truss was named the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Johnson first announced his intention to resign in July after a rise in political conflict with senior members of the government, but only recently stepped away from the position. 

A short time after Johnson’s resignation, Queen Elizabeth II officially asked Truss to join the UK government. These events took place at Balmoral Castle — a first-time occurrence in the Queen’s reign as those transitions in power have formerly taken place in Buckingham Palace. 

Truss, a member of the Conservative Party, beat rival Rishi Sunak and became the third woman to be named Prime Minister, following Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May. 

PROGRESSIVE CONSTITUTION

In 2020, around 80 percent of Chile’s citizens voted to outline a new constitution. The proposed constitution was said to have been progressive, on board with “legalized abortion, gender parity in government offices, the abolition of Chile’s senate and the establishment of autonomous Indigenous territories,” according to an article by the National Public Radio

Chile’s current constitution was established during a time of military dictatorship. Despite their desire for a new constitution, 62 percent of voters rejected the proposed code of law. 

“As president I receive this message with a lot of humility,” said Gabriel Boric, President of Chile, during a televised address. “You have to listen to the voice of the people.”

Chileans celebrated the vote of rejection as a symbolic step in a positive new direction for the country. Citizens claim that the new constitution should represent the majority. Chileans want a constitution that unites them and represents their newly established democracy.

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