Latin America

Who is the favorite in this weekend’s IDB presidential election?

Five candidates from Brazil, Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, and Argentina vie for the top position at the Inter-American Development Bank

idb Five candidates from Brazil, Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, and Argentina vye for top position at the Inter-American Development Bank
Clockwise from the upper right: Ilan Goldfajn (Brazil), Nicolás Eyzaguirre (Chile), Gerardo Esquivel (Mexico), Cecilia Todesca (Argentina), and Gerard Johnson (Trinidad and Tobago).

The ousting in September of Mauricio Claver-Carone as president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) opened the door to an early election for new leadership, scheduled to take place on November 20.

While most eyes will be focused on the FIFA football World Cup that kicks off on the same day, this contest will also be of relevance for the region, as the IDB lends billions per year to Latin America and the Caribbean, with funds coming from developed Western nations led by the U.S.

Five countries presented candidates in the days prior to the November 11 submission deadline, all...

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