Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s inauguration as president of Mexico will soon be followed by Jair Bolsonaro’s accession to the presidency of Brazil and US President Donald Trump’s completion of two years in office. In each case, a populist leader’s rise could have been prevented, which should serve as a lesson for democrats everywhere.
Varios observadores han subrayado en días recientes los paralelismos entre el resultado de la primera vuelta de la elección brasileña (a saber, una probable victoria del neo-fascista Jair Bolsonaro), y el surgimiento de líderes o coaliciones “populistas” en diversos países a lo largo del último par de años.
Brazilian authorities have banned former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from running for reelection, owing to a corruption conviction. Unfortunately, this strict interpretation of a statute Lula himself signed could open the way for an election result that ultimately subverts the rule of law – and takes democracy down with it.