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Security & Strategic Review - August 2020

REGION: Threat of exclusion looms over elections

By April 2021, four elections are scheduled to take place in the Andean region – general elections in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru, and a legislative election in Venezuela. In all four cases, the lead-up has been dominated by threats of exclusion against opposition candidates. Many in Latin America have warned for years that ‘lawfare’ is becoming an increasingly potent weapon; recent developments suggest, however, that the real rising threat is not legal attacks as a tool to overthrow governments, but rather the intensification of a more familiar tactic, of using judicial persecution to eliminate potential rivals.

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