Weekly Report - 13 July 2023 (WR-23-28)

Democracy at breaking point

Two developments in Central America over the course of the last week, all the more perturbing for their predictability, are fuelling concerns that democracy is under siege. In El Salvador President Nayib Bukele’s personalist party Nuevas Ideas (NI) registered his candidacy for re-election in February 2024 in spite of the constitution emphatically ruling it out. In Guatemala, a concerted, systematic, and unrelenting effort to undermine democracy and the rule of law by the political establishment in recent years led to a brazen attempt to exclude the anti-corruption candidate from the second round of presidential elections on 20 August.

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