With Guatemala’s first round of elections completed, the 2019 voting cycle seems to be the re-run of a familiar story, one that is unlikely to change if the country doesn’t confront its unstable party system.
En una democracia, la política a nivel local es un espacio privilegiado para la participación activa de los ciudadanos. Pero en autocracias como la cubana, se convierte en otro escalón de la pirámide de control y movilización sociales del régimen de partido único.
With Guatemala’s presidential election days away, a crowded field adds to the highly fluid and unstable political atmosphere in the country. To get a better understanding of the electoral field, learn more about the top five contenders in the race and where they stand.
Corruption and an unpopular president have paved the way for a crowded field of mostly unknown presidential hopefuls. After the country’s Constitutional Court ruled against two top contenders, the election shifted from a relatively safe bet to an uncertain race.
Political developments in Guatemala, Mexico, Brazil and once again in Peru should remind us that tackling corruption—to quote Ringo Starr—”… just don’t come easy.” Worse, it can often turn anti-democratic.
With AMLO at the epicenter of his self-proclaimed campaign to personally save Mexico from corruption, Mexican politics are becoming polarized. The loser will not only be effectively ending corruption, but Mexican democracy.