Coup or Democracy in Action? In Latin America, It Depends Who’s Asking

Coup or Democracy in Action? In Latin America, It Depends Who’s Asking
A supporter of ousted Peruvian President Pedro Castillo holds a poster with a message that reads in Spanish, “Castillo is my president” in Lima, Peru, Dec. 9, 2022 (AP photo by Martin Mejia).

The dispute over Pedro Castillo’s removal as president in Peru is the latest messy transfer of power in Latin America and another instance when regional governments could not agree on a basic interpretation of events. More broadly, the region’s democracies face two related challenges: creeping authoritarianism and election denial.

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