July 23, 2020 / 1:47 AM / 23 days ago

Chilean senators give green light to controversial pension withdrawals

SANTIAGO, July 22 (Reuters) - Chilean senators on Wednesday voted to approve a controversial bill that allows citizens to withdraw 10% of their pension savings to help ease the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

The bill, which polls suggest has widespread public support, has been staunchly opposed by the government of President Sebastian Pinera but was approved by 29 votes to 13 with one abstention.

Reporting by Aislinn Laing and Fabian Cambero; Editing by Sandra Maler

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