Caridad was a woman of great endurance. Rising at 4am and retiring at midnight, she spent her long days cooking and selling mondongo, or tripe soup, to the men returning from the brothels in a small town in Colombia. With her sparse earnings, she supported her six children and was able to send her eldest, a son, to school. He went on to become a university professor and in turn provided education for his younger siblings. Not unlike mothers around the world, Caridad fought for her children’s survival with resilience and strength.
On Sunday, October 22, 2017, President Mauricio Macri’s ‘Cambiemos’ (‘Let’s Change’) coalition declared victory in Argentina’s legislative midterm elections over its main opposition, former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s ‘Unidad Ciudadana’ (‘Citizen Unity’) coalition.
Exultant after the results of the election for a Constituent Assembly became public, on the late night of July 30th, president Nicolás Maduro announced the end of his regime’s benevolence towards the opposition (se acabó lo que se daba), anticipating that the process of constitutional reform will provide the occasion for chavismo to settle all scores (se cobrará toda
A certain atmosphere of “rehearsal” is always present when sub-national or mid-term legislative elections take place with a new race for the national executive already in sight. The electoral dispute for diverse state-level and municipal offices, including the governorship of Mexico’s homonymous metropolitan state (Edomex), on June 4th was no exception.
The election of Donald Trump caught everyone by surprise. Leaving aside the unprecedented nature of his candidacy, polling aggregators had pegged his chances at 20 percent, at the most optimistic. Exactly how Trump managed to beat the odds is still being examined and debated, but it seems clear that a substantial shift in the behavior of blue-collar and rural whites was key to his victory.
The United States isn’t the only country experiencing shifts of power with a businessman at the helm. On Tuesday, January 3rd, Haiti held elections and experienced businessman, Jovenel Moise won. He defeated 26 other candidates in a rerun of a 2016 election that was judged a “disaster” by an independent commission appointed by interim president Privert. It was then repeatedly postponed, especially by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 (Charles, 2017). Moise will take office on February 7th.
Nicaragua held its presidential elections last week, and current president Daniel Ortega was elected unanimously for the fourth time, garnering 72% of votes with his wife, Rosario Murillo, as his running mate (Wroughton & Pretel, 2016). The next closest competitor, center-right candidate Maximino Rodriguez, only managed to amass 14.2% of the vote (BBC, 2016). This was no surprise, as in previous months, the courts blocked the main opposition coalition from participating in the election. Mr.
Probablemente ese título no sea la mejor forma de comenzar un artículo sobre el más reciente proceso electoral en Costa Rica, pero definitivamente tiene una ventaja: me pone por fuera de la supuesta objetividad científica con que algunos analistas avanzan sobre la política. No es ese mi caso, pues justamente y a pesar de estar ahora en Pittsburgh, estoy seguro de que el resultado de estas elecciones va a determinar en gran medida aspectos de mi vida concreta, y no sólo de la mía, sino de la del resto de los y las costarricenses.
Falta menos de una semana para que se efectúen las elecciones presidenciales y legislativas, y resulta imposible saber, con un adecuado margen de seguridad, que sucederá en ellas. Es muy factible una segunda vuelta, cuyos posibles participantes no se vislumbran a ciencia cierta. Pero aun más llamativo e importante que la notoria incertidumbre y volatilidad que han caracterizado el cierre de la campaña, son los posibles cambios que esta elección podría representar en el panorama político del país.