Alert by populist and authoritarian governments in AL


The election of populist leaders with few democratic convictions would become one of the risks that the new electoral cycle in Latin America could inherit, said Laura Chinchilla, former president of Costa Rica.

“That the electoral cycle continues to reproduce the risks that democracy is facing and that we continue in some way these new forms of democratic regression that we have been seeing that tend to be less visible than the military riots or coups that we denounced in the past, because they are forms of regression that are gestated with large doses of legitimacy and by those who have come to govern through democratic mechanisms,” he mentioned.

During his participation in the 2022 Spring Seasonal Master Conference organized by the National Electoral Institute (INE), “Democracy and Pandemic”, he assured that 2021 was the fifth consecutive year, where the number of countries that move to an authoritarian direction exceeds the number of nations that go to a path of democracy.

“The one that moves in the direction of authoritarianism is three times the number that moves towards democracy,” I assure you.

civil liberties

Similarly, he believed that the crisis resulting from the pandemic resulted in an unprecedented deterioration in many of the variables in terms of civil liberties.

“Not only among developed democracies, but also in regimes that had already been showing signs of authoritarianism.”

“Practically no country, with some very honorable exceptions, has been spared these authoritarian tendencies that were propelled by the pandemic and the type of actions that it demanded from public authorities,” said the former Costa Rican president.

The foregoing, Chinchilla deepened, facilitated and normalized the emergency powers and caused the concentration of more powers in the Executive power of the nations and the reduction of spaces for the autonomy of other powers.

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