Gabriel Boric, a former protest leader, defeated an opponent who was a staunch defender of the notorious General Augusto Pinochet regime.
Chileans go to the ballot box for the fourth time in 18 months as the country's economic woes have worsened with the coronavirus epidemic, unemployment and skyrocketing foreign debt.
Thousands demonstrate to mark the second anniversary of months of protests that led to the formation of a representative assembly to redraft the country's constitution.
Chile deploys troops to two southern regions after clashes between security forces and Mapuche indigenous people, who seek restoration of their ancestral lands and self-determination.
Independent candidates, with a broad platform of individual campaign promises and programmes, won about 40 percent of the vote to form the bulk of a 155-member body to draft the charter.
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Police responded to stone-throwing masked demonstrators by spraying water cannons and firing rubber bullets and tear gas.
Police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse stone-throwing students outside the landmark National Institute school in the centre of Santiago.
No one died in the blazes that broke out on Tuesday and burned 150 hectares of forest, affecting around 700 people living in 245 homes.
Approved by President Sebastian Pinera, Chileans will on April 26 decide whether they want a new constitution and if they do, whether the body that draws up the new document should be a popularly elected assembly or one mixed with current lawmakers.
Chile's President Sebastian Pinera said he would send bills to Chile's congress to toughen penalties against looting, violence and destruction committed during protests.
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