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A Guide to 2019 Latin American Elections

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Six countries in Central and South America elect new presidents in 2019. Elsewhere in the Americas, Justin Trudeau will be vying for a second term as prime minister when Canada holds federal elections on October 21. Additionally, Guyana—which is on track to surpass Mexico and Venezuela to become Latin America’s second-largest oil producer in the coming decade—will also hold general elections in 2019 at a still-to-be-determined date.

Explore our individual guides via links below:

AS/COA tracks the votes through articles, poll updates, podcasts, and programs.

Is Pension Reform on the Ballot in Argentina's Election?

March 28, 2019

Public dissent and legal challenges have slowed implementation of President Mauricio Macri’s 2017 reform.

Argentina's 2019 Electoral Calendar

Argentina's 2019 Electoral Calendar

March 14, 2019

From gubernatorial PASOs to the first-ever mandatory presidential debates, AS/COA Online outlines key dates ahead of October 27 general elections.

Panamanian Presidential candidates Roux, Cortizo, Blandon. (AP)

Explainer: A Who's Who of Panama's Presidential Candidates

March 08, 2019

Learn about the candidates’ positions on everything from constitutional reform to social security to agricultural production.

Poll Tracker: Panama's 2019 Presidential Election

Poll Tracker: Panama's 2019 Presidential Election

April 15, 2019

The opposition PRD party leads the race in the seven-candidate field ahead of the May 5 vote.

Nayib Bukele takes office in El Salvador on June 1. (AP)

Bukele Breaks El Salvador's Two-Party Hold on Power

February 04, 2019

Learn about what the 37-year-old former mayor plans to do as president.

Voters in Panama on Election Day. (AP)

2019 Latin American Elections: A Preview

January 09, 2019

AS/COA Online takes a look at upcoming presidential races in Argentina, Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, and Uruguay.

All Eyes on Guatemala as Crisis Brews Ahead of Elections

February 01, 2019

President Jimmy Morales' maneuvering against Guatemala's institutions could give the U.S. a chance to recalibrate its policy.

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Poll Tracker: El Salvador's 2019 Presidential Election

January 24, 2019

Can Nayib Bukele win outright on February 3? That’s the big question—and the result is not a given.

A voter in Costa Rica. (AP)

LatAm in Focus: How Healthy Is Democracy in Latin America?

January 17, 2019

Steven Levitsky, co-author of How Democracies Die, talks about Brazil’s election, strategies for the Venezuelan opposition, and the lack of female authoritarians.

The Curious Case of Alfredo Olmedo, the “Argentine Bolsonaro”

January 14, 2019

Another controversial maverick hits the campaign trail in Latin America.

Could This Argentine TV Host Be Latin America’s Next ‘Outsider’ President?

November 10, 2018

A year out from Argentina's election, a familiar face is testing political waters.

Will El Salvador's Nayib Bukele Be the Next Social Media President?

November 08, 2018

The frontrunner’s direct connection with supporters is upending party politics.

“Moderate” Peronists See Chance to Beat Macri in 2019

October 02, 2018

Argentina’s president is struggling with an economic crisis. His predecessor is implicated in a huge corruption case. Is there room for another challenger?

Resumen de #CouncilARG 2018: Perspectivas económicas y políticas en Argentina

September 04, 2018

Cinco miembros del gabinete, dos gobernadores, un alcalde, líderes del sector privado y otros se reunieron durante la decimoquinta conferencia anual de AS/COA en Buenos Aires.

Video #CouncilARG 2018: Gobernadores argentinos Urtubey y Cornejo en la conferencia del Council

August 30, 2018

Los gobernadores de Salta y Mendoza hablaron de la importancia de la transparencia en la política y en los mercados para la mejoría de la economía argentina.

Could This Prosecutor Become Guatemala's Next President?

July 10, 2018

Thelma Aldana made her mark in Guatemala’s fight against corruption. Is she ready for politics?