Latin America’s Year of Elections

Last week’s presidential elections in Ecuador launched a busy political year in Latin America. Chile, Haiti, Honduras, Peru, and Nicaragua are all due to hold national elections, while Argentina, El Salvador, and Mexico will hold legislative and regional elections. According to the Economist, these countries are a diverse mix:

“Chile is a mature democracy. Ecuador and Peru are rowdier ones, and Haiti is dysfunctional. Nicaragua’s strongman, Daniel Ortega, has stamped out democracy. Nayib Bukele may be doing so in El Salvador. Chile and Peru have managed their economies well. Argentina and Ecuador have recently defaulted on their debts.”

Democracy is coming increasingly under threat in this region. Instability and poverty are on the rise. COVID has underlined disparities and deficiencies across all government systems, leading to the powerful protests that rocked Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Haiti, Honduras, and Nicaragua in 2019, to name a few. 

Pray for Latin America. 2021 will be a unique year for this region as many head to the polls in hopes of changing their situation. Let’s be all the more willing to go and tell them of the everlasting hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.  

About the author

Tracy Paver is a missionary to Chile working alongside veteran church-planting missionaries Jason and Lori Holt.

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