New Wave of Protests in Chile, Conservative Government Coalition Splits

Demonstrations for pension system reform for financial security during coronavirus pandemic. Draft law divides the government.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In the Chilean Parliament, the pension system reform, which will allow early withdrawal of parts of the contributions during the coronavirus pandemic, has met broad approval. Some government members also supported the bill, which led to deep rifts within the coalition and to considerable tensions in the country's political climate.

On Wednesday the vote on implementing the reform was held in parliament. A clear majority voted in favor of allowing contributors to claim a one-time ten percent of their pension savings. The final vote in the Senate is to be held next Tuesday.

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