Chile and Venezuela held elections this Sunday, Nov. 21. In Venezuela, citizens hit the polls to elect new governors and mayors, while in Chile, a new president was elected by popular vote, as well as a new Chamber of Deputies and part of the Senate.
The results in Chile brought a run-off election scheduled for Dec. 19 for the presidency between the ultra-conservative candidate José Antonio Kast and the leftist Gabriel Boric. They are located completely opposite each other on the political spectrum.
The results of the elections have been a hard blow for the forces of the center of the country, as is the case for Christian candidate Yasna Provoste and right-wing candidate Sebastián Sichel, who did not even reach 25% of the vote between them.
This is the first time since the return to democracy in 1990 that the traditional center-left and center-right parties have not made it to the second round of the election.
On the other hand, in Venezuela, Chavismo consolidated its power after winning in 20 of the 23 states of the country. President Nicolás Maduro's party kept the mayor's office in Caracas — the most important post in the country.
Opposition parties won in three states, including Zulia — the most populated in the country — according to the report of the Electoral Council, which also reported a turnout of 41.8%.
After the electoral result in Venezuela was made public, the United States stated that the regime of Nicolás Maduro deprived Venezuelans of their right to a "free electoral" process.
"Fearful of the voice and vote of Venezuelans, the regime grossly distorted the process to determine the outcome of this election long before the ballots were cast," the State Department said in a statement.
The United States reiterated its support for the Venezuelan people in their desire for a peaceful restoration of democracy through free and fair elections, with full respect for the freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly.
"We commend the political parties and candidates, as well as the voters who chose to participate in this process despite its flaws to preserve and fight for a much-needed democratic space," the White House said.