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The Chilean presidential candidates. (AP)

And now, the election you’ve all been waiting for. From protests to a new Constitution, Chile has gone through a tumultuous few years. Sunday’s first-round presidential vote could carry the country even further down a path of change. 

As AS/COA’s poll tracker shows, the race is coming down to former student leader Gabriel Boric and right-winger José Antonio Kast, with Senate President Yasna Provoste and ex-Minister Sebastián Sichel lagging behind. The frontrunners have shifted since August, and AS/COA’s Holly K. Sonneland digs into how top voter concerns are shaping the race

Not the only game in town. Venezuela holds state and local elections Sunday, and there’s little hope they’ll be free and fair. In a Q&A, AS/COA’s Venezuela Working Group head Guillermo Zubillaga explains the opposition’s decision to participate anyway, the role of EU electoral observers, and why Venezuelans “just want to vote.

With a number of votes taking place in Latin America this November, check out AS/COA’s 2021 Election Guide

Among the elections is Honduras’ presidential contest on November 28. Chasqui will be on break next week, but in the meantime, we invite you to check out our poll tracker covering that competition


— Felipe Larraín, former Chilean finance minister, in an Americas Quarterly event on how Latin America should navigate the U.S.-China divide

Defying expectations, global remittances are set to rise by 7.3 percent globally this year. The figure in Latin America? A whopping 21.6 percent. Eric Martin reports for Bloomberg.
This week, Brazil surpassed the United States when it comes to the portion of its population that is fully vaccinated. As AS/COA charts, it’s one of seven countries in the region that surpassed the U.S. rate of 57.6 percent as of November 12.
Mexico's Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Canada's Justin Trudeau met with Joe Biden in Washington on Thursday for the first North American Leaders' Summit in five years to talk about Covid, economic integration, and migration. In Forbes México, the Center for Binational Institutions maps U.S.-Mexico presidential meetings over time.
ICYMI from Americas Quarterly: Was COP26 a good deal for Brazil? A book makes the case for optimism in Colombia.
“I thought I’d never hear applause again.” Brazilian singer Zeca Pagodinho is back to performing live, playing his first major show since the start of the pandemic in São Paulo, where nearly 98 percent of adults have been vaccinated, reports Tom Phillips for The Guardian.
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