In Latin America, Youthful Branding Meets Authoritarian Populism

Par Marie Lamensch

Latin America has not been spared the anti-establishment waves that washed across Europe and North America. Voters across the region have shown frustration with old-school parties, particularly in countries plagued by corruption, insecurity and economic inequality. As a result, from El Salvador to Chile, a new wave of younger politicians is rising to power. This rejuvenation of Latin American politics could conceivably bring needed change, particularly if incoming leaders were to take on previously neglected issues that voters care about, such as climate change and women’s rights. But while Chile’s 36-year-old president Gabriel Boric seems on a path to tackle long-existing inequalities, Brazil, Honduras and El Salvador are showing worrying signs of democratic decline.

21 mars 2022
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