Americas This Week – December 15, 2018

Each day, 21votes gathers election and political news from a different region of the world. Saturdays we explore the Americas.

El Salvador Presidential - February 3, 2019

Reuters reports that former San Salvador mayor Nayib Bukele of Great Alliance for National Unity party (GANA) party has 44.1 percent of votes in a poll conducted by Central American University. Bukele was kicked out of the left-wing Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) last year. Center-right ARENA’s Carlos Calleja has 19.7 percent and former Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez of the FMLN has 10.6 percent. This is the first time that someone from neither ARENA nor FMLN has a real chance of winning El Salvador’s presidency.

Bolivia President and Parliament - October 2019 (Primaries January 2019)

Students took to the streets in Bolivia, breaking into and torching the Supreme Court building to protest President Evo Morales’ campaign for a fourth term. The American Enterprise Institute’s Ryan C. Berg looks at how Evo Morales has dismantled Bolivia’s democratic institutions.

Canada Federal - October 21, 2019

The Canadian Senate has approved a major election law that covers a number of topics, from spending caps to expatriate voting.

Venezuela Local - December 9

Voice of America reports: “In Venezuela the United Socialist Party of President Nicolas Maduro won local elections boycotted by the opposition, which considered the vote a corrupt process. The majority of about 2,500 council seats went to members of Maduro’s party, election officials said. About 27 percent of the 20 million eligible voters turned out for Sunday’s council races, the president of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council, said, praising the election as strengthening Venezuela’s democracy. Maduro’s government has banned the most popular opposition parties from elections, while leading opposition figures have been jailed or have fled the country fearing for their safety.”

Upcoming Elections in the News
El Salvador Presidential – February 3, 2019
Reuters reports that former San Salvador mayor Nayib Bukele of Great Alliance for National Unity party (GANA) party has 44.1 percent of votes in a poll conducted by Central American University. Bukele was kicked out of the left-wing Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) last year. Center-right ARENA’s Carlos Calleja has 19.7 percent and former Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez of the FMLN has 10.6 percent. This is the first time that someone from neither ARENA nor FMLN has a real chance of winning El Salvador’s presidency.

Bolivia President and Parliament – October 2019 (Primaries January 2019)
Students took to the streets in Bolivia, breaking into and torching the Supreme Court building to protest President Evo Morales’ campaign for a fourth term. The American Enterprise Institute’s Ryan C. Berg looks at how Evo Morales has dismantled Bolivia’s democratic institutions.

Canada Federal – October 21, 2019
The Canadian Senate has approved a major election law that covers a number of topics, from spending caps to expatriate voting.

Recent Elections in the News
Venezuela Local – December 9
Voice of America reports: “In Venezuela the United Socialist Party of President Nicolas Maduro won local elections boycotted by the opposition, which considered the vote a corrupt process. The majority of about 2,500 council seats went to members of Maduro’s party, election officials said. About 27 percent of the 20 million eligible voters turned out for Sunday’s council races, the president of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council, said, praising the election as strengthening Venezuela’s democracy. Maduro’s government has banned the most popular opposition parties from elections, while leading opposition figures have been jailed or have fled the country fearing for their safety.”

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