Chile’s govt in shock loss as voters pick independents to draft constitution

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By Aislinn Laing, Fabian Cambero and Dave Sherwood SANTIAGO (Reuters) -Chile’s center-right ruling coalition suffered a shock loss on Sunday night after failing to secure a critical one-third of seats in the body that will draft the country’s new constitution. With 90% of the votes counted, candidates backed by President Sebastian Pinera’s centre-right Chile Vamos coalition had won only a fifth while independents picked up the most votes. New proposals will require two-thirds approval and without a third of the delegates, the government will struggle to block radical changes to the constitutio…

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