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The Smoldering Hot Spots of Latin American Political Instability

Jan 3, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
In Honduras, supporters of the opposition coalition, whose candidate narrowly lost the presidential election in December, set up a roadblock in Tegucigalpa.

Supporters of presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla set up barricades to protest the re-election of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, in Tegucigalpa on Dec. 22, 2017. The election was marred by widespread claims of voter fraud.

(ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)

For about three decades, peaceful transitions of political power have been the norm in Latin America, a marked turn from the pattern of military overthrows that peppered the region's history for much of the 20th century. At the height of the Cold War, populist governments, which often had seized power...

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