Americas This Week: March 13, 2021

March 13, 2021

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.

Ballots for Mexico’s 2012 elections. Mexico heads to the polls again in June, in a key test for populist president AMLO, amid a climate of rising political violence. Photo credit: Wikimedia/Protoplasma Kid  (CC-BY-SA 4.0)

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

Jim Wyss, Bloomberg (March 11, 2021): Peru Presidential Candidate Fujimori Faces New Graft Charges

Marco Aquino, Reuters (March 10, 2021): Ex-soccer goalkeeper seeks to save Peru from history of graft

Canada, Yukon Territorial Election: April 12, 2021 and Possible Snap Federal Elections

Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories all hold provincial and municipal elections at different times. Yukon holds territorial elections on April 12, following a rather turbulent Newfoundland and Labrador provincial election in March.

John Last and Chris Windeyer, CBC News (March 12, 2021): Yukon voters will head to the polls on April 12

Mike Smyth, Global News Canada (March 11, 2021): COMMENTARY: The clues pointing to Justin Trudeau’s electoral ambitions are piling up

Mexico Legislative Elections: June 6, 2021

Mexico plans to hold midterm legislative elections on June 6, 2021. These elections will be a key test for left-wing populist firebrand Andrés Manuel López Obrador (frequently called AMLO) ahead of the 2024 presidential election. More

AP (March 13, 2021): Mexico’s ruling political party ratifies candidate accused of rape

Abraham Gonzalez, Reuters (March 11, 2021): Exclusive: Mexico to evaluate need for tax reform after midterm elections

Nacha Cattan, Bloomberg (March 10, 2021): AMLO’s Coalition Has Nearly 2-to-1 Lead Over Opposition in Poll

AFP (March 9, 2021): Political violence, murders surge in Mexico as elections approach

Haiti Legislative Elections (long overdue) and Presidential Election: Due in November 2021 (delays possible)

Haiti is long overdue to hold legislative elections, and also has a presidential election due later this year. However, the country is currently in a political crisis related to allegations of fraud followed Haiti’s presidential 2015 election. The international community, including the United States government, has called on Haiti’s officials to set a date for elections and end the crisis. More

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald (March 12, 2021): Haiti civic leaders and former US diplomat to House Foreign Affairs: ‘Haiti is a mess’

Georges Fauriol, Global Americans (March 11, 2021): Building a roadmap for Haiti’s governance crisis

Brazil Presidential and Legislative Elections: October 2, 2022

Brazil holds general elections in October 2022. Jair Bolsonaro, the right-wing populist firebrand president, is up for re-election. The country remains deeply polarized between right and left. More

Ian Bremmer, Time (March 12, 2021): What Happens Next in Brazil Now that Lula Has Returned

Frida Ghitis, World Politics Review (March 11, 2021): With Lula Back, Is Brazil’s Center Doomed?

BBC (March 9, 2021): Lula: Brazil ex-president’s corruption convictions annulled

Oliver Stuenkel, Americas Quarterly (March 8, 2021): Brazilian Democracy Is Holding Up — But the Biggest Test Will Come in 2022

Past Americas Elections

Bolivia Local Elections: March 7, 2021

Bolivia held 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. Leftist firebrand Evo Morales has returned to the country to lead his party, although apparently not every member of his party loves him. Opposition candidates won the mayoral elections in 8 out of 10 of Bolivia’s biggest cities. More

Carlos Valdez, AP (March 13, 2021): Bolivia arrests ex-leader in crackdown on opposition

Daniel Ramos and Monica Machicao, Reuters (March 13, 2021): Bolivia’s ex-president Anez behind bars, alleges political persecution over coup claims

Juan Martinez, The Rio Times (March 8, 2021): Eva Copa: the woman who broke with Evo Morales to become Bolivia’s greatest electoral phenomenon

DW (March 8, 2021): Elections in Bolivia: MAS continues without winning major cities

Reuters (March 7, 2021): Bolivian left faces setback in local elections: exit polls

Al Jazeera (March 7, 2021): Bolivians vote in local, regional polls amid COVID-19 concerns

El Salvador Legislative and Local Elections: February 28, 2021

El Salvador held legislative and local elections on February 28, 2021. Allies of populist president Nayib Bukele won in a landslide, allowing him to consolidate his hold on the country with a legislative majority. Critics note growing authoritarianism. More

Marco Alemán, AP (March 12, 2021): El Salvador’s president, seen as having an authoritarian streak, is about to tighten grip on power

Anna-Cat Brigida, Al-Jazeera (March 8, 2021): How Nayib Bukele won over voters in an unlikely place

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