Last week’s massive protests in Ecuador marked a turning point for Moreno, who now faces his biggest political challenge yet: build consensus to save his presidency and save Ecuador from a return of populist leadership.
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?