AMLO’s attempts to turn MORENA into the country’s dominant political force and his own populist governing style is concentrating power in the executive branch and threatening Mexico’s young democracy. A year after historic elections, was this the political change voters had in mind?
Countering democratic backsliding driven by powerful executives is as relevant as eliminating corruption, the deficit of the rule of law and the scourges of inequality and violence that plague Latin America’s democracies. Yet the latter issues still dominate public debate.
Reconstructing democracy and restoring social trust in Nicaragua is going to take significant time and effort. The current climate of political instability, economic crisis and international hostility make it impossible for Daniel Ortega to continue governing. So, what options are there?