Stuff:  Amid a year of contagion and turmoil, Chileans turned out to vote overwhelmingly in favour of having a constitutional convention draft a new charter to replace guiding principles imposed four decades ago under the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.
 The country’s conservative government had agreed with the centre-left opposition to allow the referendum after the outbreak of vast street protests that erupted a year ago in frustration over inequality in pensions, education and health care in what has long been one of South America’s most developed nations.
 The Electoral Service said on Sunday night (local time) that nearly all polling stations reporting, about 78 per cent of the 7.4 million votes counted favoured drawing up a new constitution, while just under 22 per cent were opposed. About 79 per cent supported having the charter be drafted by a convention of 155 elected citizens rather than a convention with half its members elected citizens and half members of congress.
In a speech to the country, centre-right President Sebastián Piñera acknowledged the victory for those seeking a new charter but cautioned it is only the start of a long process.