A Move Away From Extremes in Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala Elections

Supporters cheer top opposition presidential candidate Mauricio Macri in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct. 25, 2015 (AP photo by Jorge Saenz).
Supporters cheer top opposition presidential candidate Mauricio Macri in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct. 25, 2015 (AP photo by Jorge Saenz).
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Latin America is reaching a quiet but remarkable turning point, one that, though occurring without much fanfare, has significant historical resonance. This past weekend, voters in several Latin American countries participated in national and local elections, and the process unfolded for the most part peacefully. That in itself is an achievement. But what is most noteworthy is that the outcomes of the elections were decided by the actual votes cast, and by extension the voters, rather than by fraud or violence. That, of course, is how democracy is supposed to work, but it is not always the case. When viewed […]

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