Chileans expressed support for wildly divergent candidates in yesterday's presidential elections: the country's far-right and new left will face off in a runoff vote on Dec. 19 Ultra-conservative José Antonio Kast came in first with 27.91 percent of the vote, closely followed by former student leader Gabril Boric, with 25.83 percent. (CNN, New York Times)
- A new WOLA report finds that the scale of Venezuela’s complex humanitarian emergency remains dire, and that it has been exacerbated by the government’s inadequate and politicized response to the Covid-19 pandemic. But authors Geoff Ramsey and Kristen Martinez-Gugerli, also note that since 2020, a series of humanitarian agreements between the Maduro government and Venezuelan opposition have benefited the population—and have offered important lessons for future accords.
- The report offers a series of concrete policy recommendations for U.S. policymakers, including appointing a high-level State Department official to deal with Venezuela; make clear that the U.S. government is willing to include Venezuela in its COVID-19 vaccine donation program; and emphasize the role of the UN and non-governmental organizations in the successful implementation of any humanitarian agreement.
- A reinterpretation of El Salvador's constitution that would permit Bukele to seek reelection is a throwback to the country's undemocratic past, argues Nelson Rauda in El Faro.