A reform that permits sitting president Juan Orlando Hernández to run for re-election and the divisions among opposition leaders make it likely that November 26th elections will produce little political change.
After a series of electoral setbacks for leftist candidates and incumbent coalitions over the past two years, Lenín Moreno, the candidate of the ruling left-wing Alianza País coalition will get the largest share of the vote.
Drawing from recent research, a new book argues that the flurry of recent innovations for “direct democracy”—from recall referenda to plebiscites—despite positive potential, also pose new risks to democratic governance.
While President Bachelet’s Nueva Mayoria coalition lost the October 23 local elections, the greatest challenge for all candidates and parties in next year’s general election will be overcoming the high levels of voter apathy and anger witnessed this round.
Local elections in Chile have traditionally served as a test of the incumbent party. But this year, with both the governing and the opposition party coalitions dogged by corruption scandals, anything can happen.
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has one of the highest approval rates in the region, but he is still going to great lengths to secure his re-election November 6th at all cost. Is this just Ortega playing it safe or a permanent power grab?
This election has become the season of beating up on free trade. While the insecurity and anger that the argument has tapped into is real, reversing free trade will only strengthen the elite. It’s up to the people to bring it back and make it work for everyone.