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Constituent Convention Board Voting Set To Resume

  • The Constituent Convention suspended the session to elect the body’s board after eight votes in which none of the candidates achieved the 78 votes necessary to be elected president. Voting will resume today at 3pm.
  • Chilean lawmakers went to court on Tuesday to stop the outgoing government from taking bids for lithium mining contracts, with SQM and Albemarle, the world's two largest producers of the ultra-light battery metal, in the running.
    • Lawmakers from the center-left opposition party PPD asked the Santiago Court of Appeals to stop the surprise bidding process, which will end in mid-January.
    • It has been criticized by people close to president-elect Gabriel Boric, who has said Chile should not repeat its "historic mistake" of privatising resources such as lithium, a vital ingredient of electric car batteries. (Mining Weekly)

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