Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera enacted a regulation Tuesday to postpone by 5 weeks an election to decide on a fee to rewrite the nation’s dictatorship-era structure, amid a surge in coronavirus infections.

The vote was to have taken place on Sunday, however Pinera proposed that it’s delayed, and obtained the backing of parliament.

“We didn’t assume it prudent or handy to carry elections this coming weekend,” Pinera stated as he signed the invoice in Santiago.

The election to determine the members of a Constituent Meeting who will rewrite the structure — which has been in impact for the reason that Augusto Pinochet dictatorship (1973-90) — will now happen on Could 15 or 16.

Campaigning can be suspended till April 28.

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, pictured in March 2021, obtained the backing of parliament after proposing a delay within the vote to decide on who will rewrite the nation’s structure
 Chilean Presidency / MARCELO SEGURA

Pinera stated the explanations for the postponement have been “taking good care of the well being of our compatriots and secondly, taking good care of the well being of our democracy.”

Chile has notched report new every day infections lately, recurrently topping 8,000 — a a lot larger quantity than through the first wave of the pandemic and regardless of a quick advancing vaccination marketing campaign.

Chile’s intensive care items are operating at 95 p.c occupancy.

Final October, Chileans voted overwhelmingly in favor of rewriting the structure.

It had been one of many main calls for when social unrest that lasted for months broke out in October 2019.

By wayne