Government and Politics
Traditionally, Chilean politics is highly centralized, the ongoing legacy of Diego Portales in a country whose sprawling capital holds more than a third of the population. The 1980 constitution, written by Pinochet’s lawyer Jaime Guzmán, changed this only slightly, moving the legislature to the port city of Valparaíso. The central government appoints governors and other officials of the 13 regions, but municipalities or comunas elect their own mayors and councilors.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition