On Thursday, President Joe Biden congratulated the elected governor of Chile, Gabriel Boric, on his electoral victory and described the elections in that country as an “example” for the region and the world.
Biden “applauded Chile’s free and fair elections as a powerful example for the region and the world,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.
At just 35 years old and with more than 4.6 million votes, Boric became the youngest and most voted president-elect in the history of Chile on December 19.
A staunch critic of the neoliberal model installed during the military dictatorship (1973-1990), Boric promises a profound agenda of changes to expand the role of the State towards a welfare model similar to that of Europe, with an environmentalist, feminist and regionalist accent.
The spokesperson indicated that the US leader stressed the importance of cooperation between the two countries to “promote an ecological and equitable recovery” from the covid-19 pandemic and confront the “existential threat” posed by climate change.
In addition, they spoke of their “shared commitment” to social justice, democracy, human rights, and inclusive growth.
On the other hand, the president offered, on behalf of the United States, his deepest condolences to the people of Chile for the tragic death of Valentina Orellana-Peralta, a 14-year-old girl who on December 23 was accidentally hit by a bullet fired by a police officer during an operation in a store in Los Angeles.