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A supporter of presidential candidate Fernando Haddad waves a banner near a vendor selling shirts featuring the eventual winner, Jair Bolsonaro, Brasilia, Brazil, Oct. 26, 2018 (AP photo Eraldo Peres).

Democracy in Latin America Is in Grave Peril, a Respected Pollster Warns

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

For decades, Latin America looked like one of the great success stories of democratization. One after another, countries that had been ruled by dictatorships broke the shackles of military rule and embraced free elections. Strong majorities across the region consistently agreed that democracy was the best system of government.

But that progress masked the shallow roots of Latin American democracy. Today, even if military coups seem safely relegated to the past and Marxist insurgencies have been soundly defeated, the future of democracy in the region is far from assured. That’s the conclusion of an alarming new report by the respected polling firm Latinobarometer, which warns that Latin America is in grave political peril. ...

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