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A voter in Honduras. (AP)

Spoiler alert. Daniel Ortega is seeking his fourth consecutive presidential term in Nicaragua and his regime is leaving little to chance, given that it jailed opponents, stacked the electoral bodies, and used the pandemic as a tool to control rivals’ campaigns. That’s why the country’s democratic future depends on what the opposition does after this Sunday’s election, explains Tiziano Breda, Central America analyst at the International Crisis Group, in the latest episode of Latin America in Focus

In this Q&A, AS/COA’s Eric Farnsworth warns that what happens in Nicaragua “is going to have broader implications for the region in terms of other leaders who may be similarly inclined” and calls for the international community to have a unified voice in demanding the release of political prisoners. 

Watch his conversation with exiled Nicaraguan journalist Carlos Chamorro. 

Up next. If dissatisfaction with democracy runs high in Honduras, the problem is more acute among young voters, who grew up in the wake of the 2009 coup and the contentious 2017 election. It was after the second event that the youth organization El Milenio was born. Founder Juan Pablo Sabillon also joined Latin America in Focus to cover how the nonpartisan group is using digital tools to inform and motivate young voters ahead of the November 28 elections.

Keep up with AS/COA Online’s coverage in our 2021 Election Guide.


—Gonzalo Himiob, Director of Foro Penal, on the International Criminal Court’s decision to open a formal probe into human rights abuses in Venezuela


It's been more than a year since Spanish authorities extradited Emilio Lozoya back to Mexico, and he’s finally sitting behind bars. This week, a federal judge ordered preventive prison for the former Pemex CEO tangled up in the Odebrecht scandal, saying the $2.3 million he has squirreled away in a hidden account makes him a flight risk. But there’s a direct line between public outcry over his recent appearance in a swanky restaurant and the clang of the prison door. (Bloomberg, Expansión, Milenio)

  • Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Panama commit to creating a Pacific marine preserve. (The Guardian)
  • The pandemic made Latin America’s rich even richer. Financial Times profiles some of the Latin American billionaires looking to tackle inequality.
  • Brazil’s startup economy continues to boom. (The Wall Street Journal
  • Legislators in Mexico’s governing coalition push back the vote on a controversial electricity reform to April 2022. (El Economista)
  • Facebook removes thousands of Nicaraguan accounts it sees as part of a troll farm. (BBC) 

Seven Latin American countries have started giving boosters and two—Chile and Uruguay—have delivered over 30 per 100 people. However, the Pan American Health Organization is now asking countries to hold off on distributing boosters or shots to young adults until the most vulnerable residents in the hemisphere are vaccinated. 

  • Honduras vaccinates 8,000 Nicaraguans in an October border immunization drive. (Reuters) 
  • At the G20 summit, Mexico’s foreign minister asked world powers to recognize all effective vaccines, including those not yet approved by the WHO. (Los Angeles Times)
In light of the COP26 climate conference underway in Scotland, Our World in Data tracks countries’ commitments to cut coal from their electricity mix.
ICYMI from Americas Quarterly: Watch the Fall 2021 issue launch on fake news and elections. Why Lula vs. Bolsonaro in Brazil leaves little room for others. Meet Colombia’s presidential candidates. Salgado’s Amazônia shows what’s at stake at COP26. Could the United States and China spoil Latin America’s rebound?


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