Americas This Week: November 28, 2020

November 28, 2020

Your weekly roundup of news and analysis of elections in the Americas, usually posted on Saturdays and occasionally updated throughout the week. For a full electoral calendar and interactive map, click here.

Caracas’s notorious 23 de Enero, one of
Maduro’s political strongholds. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Alexis Carmona (CC BY 3.0)

Upcoming Americas Elections

Venezuela Legislative Elections: December 6, 2020

Venezuela plans to hold legislative elections on December 6, 2020, despite members of the opposition and international community calling for a delay in order to ensure credible, fair elections. These elections are taking place in the context of ongoing politicalconstitutional, and humanitarian crises have been going on for years. More

Fabiola Sánchez, AP (December 2, 2020): Son of Venezuela’s Maduro emerges, runs for congress

Jorge Jraissati, National Review (December 2, 2020): Venezuela’s Sham Election

France24 (November 27, 2020 – video): Exiled Venezuelan opposition figure Lopez urges Europe to impose sanctions on Maduro

The Economist (November 26, 2020): Venezuela’s regime will win the legislative election, by a lot: A rigged vote will end the opposition’s control of the last democratically elected institution

Peru General Elections: April 11, 2021

Peru has scheduled general elections for April 11, 2021. These elections are coming on the heels of snap legislative elections that took place on January 26, 2020, and in the context of political turmoil – including the impeachment of President Martín Vizcarra and the subsequent “week of three presidents” – and an economic crisis brought on by COVID-19. More

Lachlan Williams, The Rio Times (November 30, 2020): Peru: Potential Presidential Candidates Participate in Primary Elections

Simeon Tegel, World Politics Review (November 27, 2020): Vizcarra’s Ouster Puts Constitutional Reform on the Agenda in Peru

Editorial Board, BloombergOpinion (November 27, 2020): Peru Should Give Its Latest President a Chance

Jamaica Local Elections: February 2022

Jamaica has again delayed its upcoming local elections due to COVID-19, and anticipates holding the polls in February 2022.

Balford Henry, Jamaica Observer (November 25, 2020): Delay to local gov’t elections

Past Americas Elections

Brazil Local Elections: November 15, 2020 (Runoffs: November 29, 2020)

Brazil held municipal elections on November 15, 2020, with a second round on November 29, 2020. The results dealt a blow to Jair Bolsonaro, the right-wing populist firebrand president. The country remains deeply polarized between right and left. The local elections are an important test for Bolsonaro, who is up for re-election in 2022. More

Bryan Harris, Financial Times (November 29, 2020): Brazil’s local elections deal blow to Bolsonaro: Party of former leader Lula is also battered as ‘establishment’ politics makes a comeback

The Economist (November 26, 2020): The future of bolsonarismo

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