In a surprise vote marked by high turnout and polarization surrounding same-sex marriage, Carlos Alvarado defeated Fabricio Alvarado. But Fabricio may not have been the biggest loser in the landslide election.
Ecuador still has a long way to go to recover from a polarizing ten years under populist Rafael Correa, but the first eight months of Lenín Moreno’s presidency have re-confirmed the importance of succession and regularly held elections.
Freedom House reports once again on the state of global freedom. Sadly, the countries that suffered democratic setbacks outnumbered those that registered gains, marking 2017 as the 12th consecutive year of decline in global freedom. In Latin America the picture is not so bright either.