Nicolás Maduro congratulates Gabriel Boric for “overwhelming” victory in Chile

The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, congratulated on Sunday the leftist Gabriel Boric, who was elected president of Chile, by obtaining 55.86% of the votes with 99% of the tables counted.

"I congratulate the Pacto Approve Dignidad for its victory, and the newly elected president of Chile, Gabriel Boric. I salute the people of Salvador Allende and Víctor Jara for their resounding victory over fascism"Maduro said on his Twitter account.

The president described as "great democratic day" the electoral event held today in Chile. According to official data, Boric obtained broad support in the capital, where half of the voters are, and in other regions with large urban centers, such as Valparaíso, where he gained almost 20 points of advantage.

It would also have been imposed even in the northern region of Antofagasta, an area that was won in the first round by Franco Parisi, a controversial economist who backed Kast in the face of the ballot.

"I will be the president of Chile, of all Chilean men and women, I will not govern only between four walls"Boric said during a televised phone call with the outgoing president, the conservative Sebastián Piñera.

His opponent, far-right lawyer José Antonio Kast, obtained 44.14% of the votes, one of the largest differences in a ballot in Chile’s recent history.

Kast, who prevailed in the first round of November 21 with only two points, recognized with just over half of the tables scrutinized the triumph of the former student leader, who In March 2022, he will become the youngest president in the recent history of Chile.

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"I just spoke with Gabriel Boric and I have congratulated him on his great success. From today he is the elected president of Chile and deserves all our respect and constructive collaboration. Chile is always first"he wrote on his Twitter account.

 

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