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Presidential candidate Jose Antonio Kast, from the Republican Party, campaigns in Santiago, Chile Presidential candidate Jose Antonio Kast, from the Republican Party, campaigns in Santiago, Chile, Nov. 2, 2021 (AP photo by Esteban Felix).

Four November Elections Could Shake Up Latin American Politics

Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021

In the leadup to Nov. 7’s sham election in Nicaragua, incumbent President Daniel Ortega’s crackdown on the opposition and imprisonment of his most viable challengers garnered a good deal of attention. But the Nicaraguan election was only the first in a series of crucial political contests taking place in the region this month. By the time December begins, the path ahead for nearly half a dozen Latin American countries may well have been redrawn.

Beyond Nicaragua’s widely criticized parody of democracy, the continent will see pivotal presidential elections in Chile and Honduras, the winners of which could take these countries in significantly different directions. At the same time, key local and legislative polls are scheduled in Argentina and Venezuela, with the potential for a very consequential power shift in the former.  ...

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