Latin America’s six presidential elections in 2018
May 8, 2018 -- Costa Rican President-elect Carlos Alvarado takes office after the first of Latin America’s six presidential elections in 2018.
Some 350 million voters in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Costa Rica and Paraguay will elect new presidents in what could be a widespread reaction against corruption.
While Brazil, Mexico and Colombia -- the three most significant countries in the region -- each have specific local issues to worry about.
Brazil is emerging from its worst recession in a century, and a massive corruption scandal still divides the electorate, Mexicans are sick of more than a decade of violence and corruption, and Colombia’s FARC will compete at the polls as a newly formed political party for the first time.
A survey conducted by the Latinobarómetro in the region’s 18 countries (excluding Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica) showed that “46% of respondents believe politicians had lost their credibility and would most likely never recover it.”
The region is also facing a public security crisis. Despite having just eight percent of the world’s population, Latin America accounts for a third of the world’s homicides, and 43 of the world’s 50 most dangerous cities are in the region.