Ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic with almost 18.6 million cases and more than 584,000 deaths, the year 2021 in Latin America is set to be a mix of hope for vaccination rollouts, tinged with desperate attempts to re-establish local economies. However, amid all this, several of the region’s countries are set to go to the polls for crucial elections that will define the post-outbreak period.
Even during the height of the pandemic last year, a few Latin American countries managed to hold successful elections. The first was the Dominican Republic, back in July, where President Luis Abinader was elected in a campaign that was forced to make a quick U-turn to deal with the nascent health crisis.
Among the most emblematic of 2020’s elections in Latin America came in Bolivia, where the left-wing Movement for Socialism (MAS) party won a landslide victory one year after leading figurehead Evo Morales was deposed as president in a military coup.
Last but not least, Chile went to the polls to tear up its dictatorship-era Constitution, with the process of drafting a new national charter set to begin this year.
Throughout 2021, a number of Latin American countries will hold local or presidential elections, and The Brazilian Report has summed up everything you need to know from around the region.