Joe Biden called Gabriel Boric to congratulate him on the victory in the Chilean elections.

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Joe Biden called Gabriel Boric to congratulate him on the victory in the Chilean elections.

"The two leaders spoke of their shared commitment to social justice, democracy, human rights, and inclusive growth," the White House reported. In addition, the American offered his condolences for the death of the young Valentina Orellana-Peralta.

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, telephoned Gabriel Boric to congratulate him on his victory in the second round of the elections in Chile that consecrated him as the next President of the Andean country.

In a statement, the White House reported that "President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. called today the President-elect of Chile, Gabriel Boric, to congratulate him on his electoral victory. In addition, the President applauded Chile's free and fair elections as a powerful example for the region and the world".

"The two leaders spoke of their shared commitment to social justice, democracy, human rights, and inclusive growth," highlighted Biden's press office.

Meanwhile, the statement maintains: "President Biden underscored the importance of cooperation between the United States and Chile to promote an ecological and equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and to face the existential threat posed by climate change.".

"On behalf of the United States, the President also offered his deep condolences to the people of Chile for the tragic death of Valentina Orellana-Peralta," the statement concluded.

In turn, Boric posted a message on his Twitter account: "I just received a call from the President of the USA. In addition to the joy our respective electoral triumphs shared, we talked about common challenges such as fair trade, the climate crisis, and the strengthening of democracy. We will continue talking".

"In addition, President Biden expressed his condolences to me for the death at the hands of the United States police of Valentina Orellana, 14, in a shooting in Los Angeles, California. We accompany his family in their pain, and we pledge our support for justice", concluded Boric.

Boric will go on vacation in February after forming a new cabinet.

Boric said Thursday that he will go on vacation for a few days in February after announcing his cabinet, of which no name has yet emerged. "We continue with the formation of teams (...), and we will continue working all January without stopping. Only in February, we are going to rest," said Boric, who will take office on March 11, 2022, replacing the conservative Sebastián Piñera.

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.

The still deputy for the southern Magellan won by 55.8% of the votes and an overwhelming majority of more than 10 points of difference to the far-right José Antonio Kast.

"I have been able to work a lot, and with this wind, it always helps temperance and the wisdom that you have to have to make difficult decisions," said the former student leader in statements to journalists from Punta Arenas, his hometown and where he moved to be with his family.

The day after his resounding victory, Boric met with Piñera in La Moneda (government headquarters) and, in a subsequent press conference, affirmed that he will designate a Government "that delivers certainties," which will be equal and will include independents.

A staunch critic of the neoliberal model installed during the military dictatorship (1973-1990), Boric promises a profound plan of changes to expand the State's role towards a welfare model similar to that of Europe, with an environmentalist, feminist and regionalist accent.