Observatorio Cerro Tololo, Región de Coquimbo, Chile
Observatorio Cerro Tololo, Región de Coquimbo, Chile

Political System

A Solid, Stable Democracy

Chile has become a regional leader due to a solid, stable democratic system that guarantees a safe business environment.

Chile is a democratic presidential republic divided into Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches.

The Executive Branch is headed by a President elected by direct vote to a single four-year term by all registered voters, including foreign residents, aged 18 and older.

The Legislative Branch consists of a bicameral Congress with legislative and oversight powers. Based in the port city of Valparaíso, Congress consists of a 38-member Senate and a 120-member Chamber of Deputies.

An independent, self-governing Judiciary is charged with the administration of justice. It is headed by a 21-member Supreme Court, one of whom is chosen by his peers to a three-year term as President.

In recent years, major reforms have significantly improved the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system.