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The Resilience of the Left in Latin America

Feb 20, 2017 | 21:08 GMT
The Resilience of the Left in Latin America
When Argentine President Mauricio Macri stands for re-election in 2019, his government will almost certainly face some pushback from voters who find themselves paying more for things like water, electricity and natural gas.
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Editor's Note: In Ecuador, the incumbent leftist government's hand-picked successor is leading presidential polls and within days could be declared president. But depending on vote margins, he could also face a runoff against a more conservative opponent. To add context to the importance of the elections, we're republishing this report from September 2016 on the decline of the left in Latin America. Over the past several years, the left-wing governments that once dominated Latin American politics have receded in favor of more conservative, business friendly administrations. If Ecuador's ruling Alianza Pais coalition is in the end defeated, it would count as yet another defeat for Latin America's left. The political tides have turned in Latin America. Over the past few years, countries that had elected left-wing populists now find themselves led by administrations at the center, and in some cases to the right, of the political spectrum. But the change...

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