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Bolivia heads to the polls in contentious presidential elections

Q24N - Bolivia took to the polls on Sunday, in a presidential election that they hope can restore stability in the South American country. The vote is a re-do of last year's presidential election, which sparked violence, was ultimately voided and left the country...

Bolivia approves new elections excluding Evo Morales

Bolivian lawmakers on Saturday approved a bill that allows for new elections and annuls the results of the October 20 election. Interim President Jeanine Anez, a former senator and opponent of Morales, still needs to sign the bill so it can go into effect, and the...

Bolivia Interim president bars Morales from new elections

Bolivia's interim president said on Thursday the country's former leader, Evo Morales, cannot run in any prospective elections. Jeanine Anez, a Senate deputy leader who claimed the presidency earlier this week, told a news conference: "Evo Morales does not qualify to run for a fourth...

Bolivia protests: Student dies after violent clashes

A student was killed as civil unrest continued on the streets of Bolivia on Wednesday. Pressure on President Evo Morales to resign over opposition accusations of corruption related to his recent reelection is increasing. The 20-year-old student died following violent clashes between pro- and anti-government...

Elections in Argentina And Bolivia: Another Socialist Disaster

Once again, Latin America is brimming with socialism. There are elections in Bolivia and Argentina this month, and in both countries, it is almost certain that the left will win. It is also almost certain that in both countries, an economic crisis that will...

Plan to cut second round in presidential election fails

If you feel that political campaigns in Costa Rica and long and tedious and, at the same time, consider them very expensive, better to be patient, since legislators practically buried a constitutional reform that would cut the second round voting in the event of...

Argentine Peso Crashes

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) —The Argentine peso currency crashed following news that populist left-wing Peronist opposition leader Alberto Fernández was leading in the primary election. Market fears over Argentina’s potential return to the interventionist economics of the previous leftist government prompted stocks and bonds to tumble,...

Guatemala votes for new president as gang violence soars

Guatemala appeared to be moving towards a second-round runoff election following a presidential vote on Sunday. Early results from 20% of polling stations counted showed center-left candidate Sandra Torres securing 23.33% of the vote compared to a second-place finish of 15.70% for her conservative rival...

The truth of what is happening in Venezuela explained

A socioeconomic and political crisis that after Hugo Chavez officially took office in February 1999, continued into Nicolas Maduro. It is marked by hyperinflation, climbing hunger, disease, crime and death rates, an massive emigration from the country. Getty Images Several policy changes involving the country’s oil...

You Can Be Black and Politically Conservative

Bolsonaro’s triumph in Brazil has brought back the left/right debate to the forefront. On extremism. It is a debate that, in recent months, has reached a paroxysm. With Trump in the United States, totalitarian feminism in Spain, the rejection of immigration in the United...

Venezuela Just Moved One Step Closer to Authoritarianism

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has just claimed victory in a historic election that will vastly expand his power and potentially lead to a new era of authoritarianism in what had once been a vibrant democracy. Allies of Nicolas Maduro’s party made a clean sweep of...

Nearly Half of Venezuelans Expected to Vote for Maduro in Election – Poll

Nearly half of Venezuelan citizens intend to back incumbent President Nicolas Maduro in the upcoming presidential election, according to a poll published Monday. The poll, conducted by the Hinterlaces and released by the Prensa Latina news agency, showed that 48 percent of respondents planned to...

The Ortegas Congratulate Carlos Alvarado

Nicaraguan president, Daniel Ortega, on Friday sent a letter to President-elect Carlos Alvardo, congratulating him on his victory last Sunday and predicting "better days" for "good neighborliness" between the two countries. In the letter, he also expressed his desire to advance the Central American Integration...

The Party’s Over!

Rico's TICO BULL - In less than two hours after the voting, it was clear that Fabricio Alvarado was not going to be, to the relief of many, the next President. Despite the polls, the rhetoric, the support of Evangelical ministers and followers, lots of...

After High Election Turnout, Council of State Vote Awaits

With voter turnout for Cuba’s legislative election Sunday at almost 80%, the island completed the second stage of its general elections that will culminate in the election of a new executive in April. According to the National Electoral Commission (CEN), about 78.5% of voters –...

Populism and Division: Latin America At The Ballot Box

It does not seem long ago that analysts were predicting a new chapter in Latin America. At the start of the 21st Century, the region's politics were entering a new dawn. For many the change was invigorating: a new socialist era in a region long-known...

Opposition Wants ‘National Front’ to Protect Venezuelans’ Rights

enezuela’s opposition will present a nationwide front to protect people’s rights, its negotiator Julio Borges said Thursday after talks with the government collapsed. “We are beginning a series of meetings with political parties and opposition sectors to create a big national front representing the Venezuelan...

Venezuelan archbishop decries plan to change election date

(ACI Prensa) Archbishop Diego Padrón of Cumaná, former president of the Venezuelan bishops’ conference, denounced plans to advance presidential elections in the country by more than seven months. Archbishop Diego Patron of Cumana, Venezuela. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. “In any country in the world, democracy operates with...

Juan Diego Castro: The Trump Wannabe of Costa Rica

“COSTA Rica is the most beautiful place in the world,” my much-travelled friend Jamie Cox told me last summer. We were chilling out in a basement in Virginia and his tales of the gorgeous coastlines, exotic wildlife and friendly locals were enough to capture...

2018 Will Be the ‘Year of Liberation’ in Honduras: Zelaya

Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has said that 2018 will be the “year of liberation” for the Honduran people. In a written statement posted to his Twitter account, head of the Opposition Alliance invited everyone to “continue to take to the streets" until the “capitalist...

Protests Continue in Honduras, Police Refuse to Repress

(Prensa Latina) Demonstrations in Honduras against alleged electoral fraud continued Tuesday, while the police, including their special forces, refuse to repress those who challenge the curfew decreed by the government. Mass mobilizations are planned starting today at 4:00 pm local time, and will be directed...

Honduras Government Declares Curfew

Authorities in Honduras have suspended constitutional guarantees and imposed a lengthy curfew after delays in the counting of presidential election votes cast November 26, triggered unrest, according to La Prensa in Honduras. Ebal Diaz, the secretary of the nation’s council of ministers, said the curfew...

“People’s Assembly” Elections To Be Held In Venezuela in July

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles and Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, participate in a rally against President Maduro in front of a banner that reads “Elections now” in Caracas,Venezuela, May 20, 2017. TODAY VENEZUELA – Venezuela’s government is set to press...

Ecuador’s populist electoral victory for Moreno shows erosion of democracy

(Q24N) After 10 years in power, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa will step down. However, political power isn’t falling far from the tree. Correa’s hand-picked successor and former vice president, Lenin Moreno, has declared victory against liberal banker Guillermo Lasso. The election has calmed fears...

Maduro Regime Refuses to Schedule Regional Elections Required by Constitution

he Maduro regime has tried to delay holding regional elections, over fears that they will lose (El Politico).TODAY VENEZUELA / Although the National Electoral Council of Venezuela (CNE) announced that regional elections would take place in the first quarter of 2017, the body has...

Weakness Permits Advance of Venezuelan Dictatorship, Says Leopoldo Lopez

In the wake of decisions by the electoral authorities to postpone elections, the Venezuelan opposition has taken to the streets today (El Diario de Guayana).TODAY VENEZUELA / Opposition politician and political prisoner Leopoldo López asked Venezuelans to overcome despair and fear and invited them...

Yes, The World Can Be Changed!

A photo from Q contributing writer, Mariela Palma, from Venezuela. Photo from Mariela's Facebook page.

Bottom Line On Tourism; The People Ain’t Coming!

QCOSTAIRCA BLOG - Living in Costa Rica is way too close to the Wizard of Oz who might actually be running this country? Despite the hyperbole, Costa Rica or as some call it Paradise or "Pura Vida" is in a world of economic hurt...

Chileans to Vote for a New President in December

Chileans will have to wait one month to know the name of their new president of the republic, although all the estimates indicate the winner will be Michelle Bachelet, the candidate who had more votes in the elections that took place yesterday. Despite having...

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