AQ Podcast: Guatemala’s Suspiciously Status Quo Election

By AQ Online

Central America’s largest country is struggling with inequality, crime and threats to democracy. Then why do leading candidates in upcoming elections sound similar to the incumbent?

In Guatemala, economic growth has done little to improve poverty and inequality. Violence continues to drive people to leave the country. Democracy is also in decline, as successive governments have undermined institutions, jailed journalists and forced independent prosecutors and judges into exile. In these conditions, one might expect candidates in upcoming presidential elections to stand for change. Yet the leading ones share similarities with the current president. What explains this In this episode, investigative journalist Claudia Méndez Arriaza describes how elites control the...

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