Vizcarra’s controversial dissolution of Congress and/or Congress’s vote to suspend the president reflect problems within Peruvian politics (e.g. weak, non-programmatic parties, intransigence, a lack of forbearance, corruption) not, necessarily, a weak commitment to the norms or institutions.
Following the PASO results, a possible return of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to power could be the oxygen Maduro needs to perpetuate his dictatorship. But unlike the Chávez-Kirchner alliance of the 2000s, today’s context is very different.
In a surprising turn of events, Peronist candidate Alberto Fernández and former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner swept Argentina’s primary elections with 47.66 percent of the national vote. Why? And what are the implications for the October elections?
Conservative Alejandro Giammattei was elected Guatemala’s new president in a second-round vote last Sunday. With minimum support in Congress and low voter turn, his presidency seems to offer more politics as usual, leaving much-needed reform out of the near future to solve Guatemala’s most pressing issues.
New evidence has surfaced that former and sitting presidents, Porfirio Lobo and Juan Orlando Hernández may have benefitted from drug trafficking. Their eventual extradition to the U.S. seems like a real possibility. But is the country’s opposition ready to take over?