Activists fly flags and posters in support of the April 26 referendum to change the country’s constitution, in Santiago, Chile [Martin Bernetti/AFP]

Antofagasta, Chile – The campaign period for and against a new constitution in Chile officially began on Wednesday, two months before the country’s scheduled plebiscite.

Chileans will vote on April 26 on whether they want a new constitution, and whether they would prefer a mixed citizen-legislator convention or an all-citizen convention to write it.

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A constitutional assembly to replace the dictatorship-era constitution written during the 1973-1990 rule of General Augusto Pinochet has been a key demand at mass protests against structural inequality that have rocked the country since mid-October.

Roughly 70 percent of Chileans want a new constitution, according to

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