A demonstrator holds up a sign reading, “Palestine,” at a rally outside the Israeli Embassy in Bogota

For leftist governments in South America, the unfolding confrontation between the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which some of them view as a liberation movement, and Israel, a country many of them view as damnably oppressive, became the source of domestic tensions, with some leaders struggling to modulate their responses.

In Latin America, politics is increasingly dominated by gerontocracies.

Evo Morales’ announcement last week that he would run for president in Bolivia’s 2025 elections highlights a regional trend: Across the Americas, an older generation of leaders is refusing to cultivate the next generation of leadership, clinging to power instead of handing the top spots off to their successors.