Benjamin H. Bradlow

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro talks to the media after voting during the municipal elections in Rio de Janeiro on Nov. 29. (Luis Alvarenga/Getty Images)

Brazil held two rounds of voting last month in local elections with thousands of mayoral and city councilor positions at stake across the country. The country’s right-wing populist president, Jair Bolsonaro, was not on the ballot. But many Brazilians viewed the elections as a referendum on Bolsonaro’s handling of the pandemic and a ravaged economy — and a check on his power.

The outcomes may cheer Bolsonaro’s opponents within the centrist establishment, as well as on the political left. Voters overwhelmingly defeated many of the 13 Bolsonaro-supported mayoral candidates — only two won, in the minor cities of Parnaíba and Ipatinga.…  Seguir leyendo »

On Tuesday, South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party recalled President Jacob Zuma. After months of uncertainty and years of corruption allegations, the next step may be a parliamentary vote of no confidence, which could happen this week. In a Feb. 14 interview, Zuma maintained he had done nothing wrong.

The ANC chose Zuma’s deputy and rival, Cyril Ramaphosa, by a narrow margin, to be the party’s 13th president in December. This choice indicated that South Africa’s majority party is ready to move beyond the embattled Zuma. For many analysts, Ramaphosa represents a new era of clean government and market-friendly reform.…  Seguir leyendo »