Americas This Week: January 7, 2023

January 7, 2023

A weekly review of news and analysis of elections in the Americas, usually posted on Saturdays and occasionally updated throughout the week.

Dickenson Bay Beach in Antigua. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Paul Kowalow (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Upcoming Americas Elections

Antigua and Barbuda Snap Elections: January 18, 2023

CMC (January 7, 2023): Commonwealth to observe elections in Antigua and Barbuda

Paraguay General Elections: April 30, 2023

Daniela Desantis, Reuters (January 5, 2023): Exclusive: Paraguay election race puts Taiwan ties on a knife-edge

Americas Quarterly (January 3, 2023): Meet the Candidates: Paraguay

Canada, Canada, Alberta Provincial Elections: May 29, 2023 (next federal elections due October 2025, but snap elections are possible)

Chris Chacon, Global News Canada (January 1, 2023): Political scientists weigh in on how Alberta’s upcoming provincial election may shape up

Ken Parks, Bloomberg (December 19, 2022): Paraguay’s Cartes Tightens Grip on Ruling Party in Primary Elections

Mexico, Mexico, Some Gubernatorial Elections: June 4, 2023 (next federal elections due July 2024)

Daniel F. Runde, The Hill (January 6, 2023): Breaking Mexico’s election regulator will lead to soft autocracy

Mary Beth Sheridan, Washington Post (December 16, 2022): López Obrador overhauls Mexican electoral system, sparking protests

Bloomberg (December 15, 2022): Mexico’s Senate Approves Bill to Trim Election Regulator

Argentina Presidential and Legislative Elections: October 22, 2023

Reuters (January 3, 2023): Argentina president seeks to impeach Supreme Court chief after clash

Hans von der Burchard, Politico (December 18, 2022): Argentina, caught in economic depression, gets something to cheer in World Cup win

Benjamin C. Gedan, Americas Quarterly (December 15, 2022): Can Argentina’s Moderates Go the Distance?

Colombia Regional Elections: October 29, 2023 (presidential and legislative elections took place in 2022)

AFP (January 7, 2023): Maduro Hosts Colombia’s Petro for ‘Very Fruitful’ Talks

Sergio Guzman, Global Americans (January 4, 2023): Six Challenges Facing Colombia in 2023

Diego Lasarte, Quartz (December 14, 2022): The Tienditas bridge serves as a powerful symbol of improving ties between Venezuela and Colombia

Venezuela Presidential Election: Due in 2024

AFP (January 10, 2023): Maduro ‘100% defeatable’ says head of Venezuela opposition

Camille Rodriguez Montilla and Joshua Goodman, AP (January 9, 2023): Exiled Venezuela lawmakers chosen to lead anti-Maduro fight

AFP (January 10, 2023): Maduro ‘100% defeatable’ says head of Venezuela opposition

Vivian Sequera and Mayela Armas, Reuters (January 5, 2023): Venezuela opposition appoints three exiled lawmakers to leadership

Catherine Osborn, Foreign Policy (December 30, 2022): Will the World Ditch Its Punitive Approach to Venezuela in 2023?

Reuters (December 28, 2022): Spain appoints new ambassador to Venezuela amid thaw in relations

Reuters (December 22, 2022): Venezuela opposition vote to remove Guaido’s interim government

Rob Garver, Voice of America (December 20, 2022): Changes in US-Venezuela Relationship Could Augur More Engagement

Regina Garcia Cano, AP (December 15, 2022): Venezuela’s Maduro enters 2023 seeking global recognition

Haiti General Elections: Long overdue, could happen in 2023

Evan Dyer, CBC News (December 15, 2022): Canada sending more armoured vehicles to Haiti as gang terror paralyzes island nation

International Crisis Group (December 14, 2022): Haiti’s Last Resort: Gangs and the Prospect of Foreign Intervention

Past Americas Elections

Dominica General Elections: December 6, 2022

Scott B. MacDonald and Alejandro Trenchi, Global Americans (December 15, 2023): Dominica Votes Amid Fears of Democratic Backsliding

Brazil General Elections: October 2, 2022

Reuters (January 8, 2023): Global leaders condemn assault on Brazilian government buildings

Catherine Osborn, Foreign Policy (January 6, 2023): Lula 3.0 Takes Shape: The old-new Brazilian president’s first days in office suggest environmentalism will be central to both his foreign and domestic policy.

Nicaragua General Elections: November 7, 2021

Lisa Schlein, Voice of America (December 15, 2022): UN: Climate of Oppression Intensifies in Nicaragua

Peru General Elections: April 11, 2021

AP (January 9, 2023): 13 killed in Peru clashes amid new anti-government protests

Jon Orbach and Jennifer Vilcarino, AS/COA (December 21, 2022): Timeline: Peru’s 2022 Political Crisis

David Pereda, AP (December 20, 2022): Peru Congress opens door to early elections amid unrest

Tara John, Claudia Rebaza, Juan Paz, Sahar Akbarzai and Abel Alvarado, CNN (December 20, 2022): Peru orders Mexico ambassador to leave after asylum is granted to family of ousted president

Matthew Malinowski, Bloomberg (December 15, 2022): Peru Political Crisis Threatens to Widen Latin America Rifts

Bolivia General Elections: October 18, 2020 (re-run of 2019 elections)

Al Jazeera (December 30, 2022): Clashes in Bolivia after judge orders opposition leader detained: Opposition leader Luis Fernando Camacho to spend up to four months in pre-trial detention on terrorism charges.

Regional Analysis

Benjamin Gedan, Beatriz García Nice, and Francisco Urdinez, Wilson Center (January 6, 2023): On the Horizon 2023 | Latin America

Astrid Galván, Axios (January 5, 2023): Political unrest, new leaders: The year ahead for Latin America

Brad Haynes, Reuters (December 22, 2022): Latin America’s ‘pink tide’ may have hit its high-water mark

Oliver Stuenkel, Americas Quarterly (December 13, 2022): Latin America in 2023: Five Trends to Watch

Americas Elections Coming Up in 2023

Antigua and Barbuda Snap Elections: January 18, 2023

Trinidad and Tobago Indirect Presidential Election (by parliament): January 20, 2023

Ecuador Regional and Local Elections: February 5, 2023

Jamaica Local Elections: February 2023 (due)

British Virgin Islands Assembly Election: February 2023 (due)

Guyana Local Elections: March 13, 2023

Argentina, Gubernatorial Elections in Corrientes and Neuquen: March 26, 2023

Grenada General Elections: March 2023 (due)

Antigua and Barbuda General Elections: March 2023 (due)

Paraguay Presidential, Legislative, and Gubernatorial Elections: April 30, 2023

Canada, Alberta Provincial Elections: May 29, 2023

Mexico, Some Gubernatorial Elections: June 4, 2023

Guatemala General Elections: June 25, 2023

Guatemala General Election Runoffs: August 20, 2023

Canada, Prince Edward Island Provincial Elections: October 2, 2023

Canada, Manitoba Provincial Elections and Northwest Territories Territorial Elections: October 3, 2023

Argentina Presidential and Legislative Elections: October 22, 2023

Colombia Regional Elections: October 29, 2023

Dominica Indirect Presidential Election (by parliament): October 2023 (due)

Trinidad and Tobago Local Elections: December 20, 2023

Haiti Presidential and Legislative Elections: Long overdue, but could happen in 2023 (delayed from November 7, 2021, no new date set)

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