Coronavirus

How did Latin America’s first pandemic election go?

The Dominican Republic has elected a new president in an election influenced by coronavirus fears. Was the Caribbean nation an example to be followed?

Dominican President-elect Luis Abinader. Photo: Still via CNN español
Dominican President-elect Luis Abinader. Photo: Still via CNN español

Free and fair elections are a basic tenet of democracy, and the Covid-19 pandemic has put several national ballots at risk. At least 11 elections have been upended in Latin America: municipal races were postponed in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, and Paraguay, and Chile has pushed back a constitutional referendum to October. In Bolivia, interim President Jeanine Áñez — who took office after a coup d’état against Evo Morales — is using the pandemic to stretch her supposedly placeholder term a little longer. But the Dominican Republic, a 10.6-million-people nation with 37,425 confirmed coronavirus infections and 794...

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