"He really sees not just that the opposition itself is very weak…but, frankly, that the international community is in disarray," said AS/COA's Eric Farnsworth to NPR.
"They are testing the limits of how far they can push," said AS/COA's Eric Farnsworth to The Wall Street Journal.
Reforms and a fractured opposition only make it easier for Daniel Ortega to secure a fifth term as president in November.
Nine Latin American countries hold elections this year, with five—Chile, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Peru—selecting presidents.
From an absent president to illegal fishing to agro-tech, AS/COA Online dives into under-covered—but important—issues facing Latin America in a year of competing headlines.