Americas This Week: December 12, 2020

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 presidencyMore

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 politicalconstitutional, and humanitarian crises have been going on for years. More

AP (December 7, 2020): Venezuela’s Maduro claims sweep of boycotted election: The win gives Maduro control of the last major branch of government outside his grasp.

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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