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Latin American Governments Move Right, Lose Female Leadership

LADB Article ID: 80519
Category/Department: Region
Date: 2018-02-09
By: Andrés Gaudín

Latin America begins a year of high electoral intensity that will draw a new political map in which right-wing governments dominate and no country will have a female president. Election plans move ahead with many of the main political leaders excluded, disqualified due to constitutional reasons, or because of judicial persecution. Elections in Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, and Venezuela will put South America center stage, and Mexico’s July 1 contest will be notable for its regional importance. Leaders will be elected in four Central American and Caribbean countries including Cuba, where a new leader will be elected on April 19 after six decades of revolutionary government with the Castro name at the top of the political structure. Although its election was held last December, Chile will be the next country experiencing a changing of the guard on March 11, when Michelle Bachelet, a progressive president and the last woman to head a Latin American country, turns over the presidency to Sebastián Piñera, a conservative. El Salvador’s election is scheduled for March 4. On Feb. 4, Costa Rica, the most solid of Central American democracies, held presidential election that will require a run-off on April 1.

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