“Mexican Trump” Noise

The possibility that AMLO wins in 2018 is significant. And he, as Trump or Sanders, represents an anti-establishment sentiment that has gained strength in recent years. The historical low approval rates of the president finally manifested themselves in the recent local elections on June 5.Although the “U.S. Trump” is the biggest concern for the economy in the short term, the “Mexican Trump” could bring more noise in the long run. Continue reading “Mexican Trump” Noise

Venezuela: Default Looms

Summary: Venezuela will likely default in November or April. We present here some of the recent events taking placed in the troubled LatAm economy. The IMF just revised its forecast for Venezuela’s economic growth this week. Economic activity will fall 10% in 2016 – not 8%, as previously stated. Two questions in the air: Will China save Venezuela? Will it demand Maduro to step down?
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Source: La Tercera

The Peruvian Presidential Runoff: The Race to the Center

Keiki Fujimori and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) are going to face each other in Peru’s presidential election runoff. Local polls are divided on whether Kuczynski can defeat Keiko on June 5. Only thousands of votes will decide the winner, who will be the one that gets closer to the center in the political spectrum. Continue reading The Peruvian Presidential Runoff: The Race to the Center

How to Hack an Election, #PanamaPapers and LatAm’s Economic Recession Could be an Explosive Mix

For most Latin American countries, the label of “democracy” is a work in progess. Over recent years, the region has been making efforts to strengthen their institutions in order to consolidate democratic transitions. When one begins to believe in political stability and institutional resilience, then articles such as Andrés Sepulveda’s telling How to Hack an Election and describing how he rigged votes across the region, or #PanamaPapers happen. Continue reading How to Hack an Election, #PanamaPapers and LatAm’s Economic Recession Could be an Explosive Mix