Democracies Across the Americas Just Passed Some Major Stress Tests

Democracies Across the Americas Just Passed Some Major Stress Tests
Peruvian lawmakers sing the national anthem inside Congress ahead of an impeachment vote to oust former President Pedro Castillo, in Lima, Peru, Dec. 7, 2022 (AP photo by Guadalupe Pardo).

Recent developments in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, the U.S. and Peru show that the guardrails of democracy can hold in the Americas. Institutions can restrain populist leaders who abuse their authority. Hyper-presidentialism, in which the executive can do whatever it pleases, is not guaranteed. Checks and balances can work.

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