December 12, 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.
The city of La Paz, Bolivia. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Mark Goble (CC BY 2.0)
Upcoming Americas Elections
Bolivia Local Elections: March 7, 2021
Bolivia is due to hold regional and municipal elections on March 7, 2021. These follow a rerun of the 2019 annulled general elections that took place on October 18, 2020 in which socialist Luis Arce won the presidency. More
Bettina Latuff, Global Risk Insights (December 7, 2020): Bolivia: Mas strikes back: wider implications for the region
Nicaragua General Elections: November 7, 2021
Nicaragua holds general elections on November 7, 2021. President Daniel Ortega, who has been in power for 20 years, will seek another term, and under his rule, Nicaragua has become increasingly authoritarian, with rule of law and fundamental freedoms under assault.
The Economist (December 10, 2020): How to unseat Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega
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 political, constitutional, and humanitarian crises have been going on for years. More
Adversaries of Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro are inviting Venezuelans to voice their frustrations with the president in a national survey. https://t.co/hoIpcNtBnh
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 12, 2020
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 were an important test for Bolsonaro, who is up for re-election in 2022. More
Benjamin H. Bradlow, Washington Post (December 9, 2020): Brazilians firmly rejected many local candidates their president had backed
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