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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, with first lady Cilia Flores, speaks at a press conference in Caracas. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, accompanied by first lady Cilia Flores, speaks at a press conference after he voted in the ruling party’s primary elections, in Caracas, Venezuela, Aug. 8, 2021 (AP photo by Matias Delacroix).

To Buck Global Pressure, Latin America’s Dictators Turn to ‘Isolation-Proofing’

Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021

Many Latin American countries have grappled with democratic backsliding in recent years. But recent sham elections in Venezuela and Nicaragua marked a new low. 

On Sunday, the regime led by Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro held municipal and regional polls that were widely seen as rigged, resulting in ruling party candidates taking a vast majority of gubernatorial, mayoral and local council seats.  ...

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