Americas

December 5, 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.


A street in Valencia, Venezuela. Photo credit:
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Upcoming Americas Elections

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

Stephen K. Hirst, Slate (December 4, 2020): What Comes Next After Peru’s Week of Three Presidents?

Will Freeman, Global Americans (December 2, 2020): Why Peru’s soft coup failed 

Past Americas Elections

Venezuela Legislative Elections: December 6, 2020

Venezuela held 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 took place in the context of ongoing politicalconstitutional, and humanitarian crises have been going on for years. More

Scott Smith, AP (December 7, 2020): Legislative election leaves Venezuela in political standoff

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 (December 3, 2020): Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro faces challenge from the centre after local elections

Oliver Stuenkel, Americas Quarterly (December 2, 2020): The Difficult Search for a “Brazilian Biden

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