While the world was distracted with COVID-19 democracy was quietly being attacked globally such as in Hungary, Brazil, Belarus, China.
South America articles on Democracy Chronicles
News about the struggle for better democracy across North and South America (not including the United States) in this highly diverse and quickly changing region. Also see our World Democracy section or our articles on Central America or on giants Brazil and Mexico.
The revival of leftist politics in South America reflects its struggle with its authoritarian past rather than political flip-flopping.
Few Americans are aware of an ominous trend: Latin America’s long decline of democracy is threatening to turn into an autocratic avalanche.
After another night of arrests in Managua, international criticism of Nicaragua’s government led by Daniel Ortega escalated on Tuesday.
In Peru, supporters of Pedro Castillo want the election results upheld, while supporters of Keiko Fujimori want the vote invalidated.
Keiko Fujimori, Peru’s presidential candidate, wants to use legal means to prevent defeat, reminiscing Trump’s unpleasant techniques.
In Latin America, political upheavals are taking place as the region deals with one of the world’s worst outbreaks of Covid-19 and recession.
Peru became infamous April 11, 2021: it garnered more blank and null votes than votes received by any one presidential candidate.
South America’s electoral future, nationally and regionally, depends on how it handles the impact of COVID-19 on its political landscape.
Chile’s democratic re-engineering can create a regional model of social democracy, but the mechanism is fraught with dangers.