The choice of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States is another clear example of how the deterioration of liberal democracies enlightens the way for the emergence of authoritarian leaders.
(Both the article by Kevin Casas on Nacion.com as well as this editorial prologue on CentralAmericaData.com were written one day before the presidential election in the United States, when the prognosis was that Hillary Clinton had a more than 80% chance of win the election.)
According to Fitch Ratings the reelection of Daniel Ortega as president of Nicaragua means stability in the country's economic policies.
Stability and economic and political continuity is what Fitch Ratings envisages for Nicaragua after the outcome of the presidential elections last Sunday, in which President Daniel Ortega was declared the winner, with 70% of the vote, according to a report by the Supreme Electoral Council.
The vast majority of nicaraguans intend to vote for the re-election of the current President, Daniel Ortega, which would ensure the continuity of the current policies used to run the country.
Confirming what has been published by other pollsters,M & R Consultoresnotes that the results of its seventh national survey put the clear favorite to win the presidential election as Daniel Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo, who accordingtothis survey now have 66.3% of the vote. The nearest contender has only 8% of the vote, while the so-called hidden vote is 20.6%.
Jimmy Morales, the candidate for the National Convergence Front, won the presidential runoff beating his opponent Sandra Torres by more than a million votes.
With nearly of 70% of the votes, the next president of Guatemala will be a candidate who represents the hopes of a population that has shown itself to be fed up with traditional politicians and widespread corruption in the state.
The president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Costa Rica has evaluated in $80 million the cost of an electronic voting system which would link all polling stations together.
Statements by Luis Antonio Sobrado, Chief of Justice of Costa Rican Elections, allow a comparison of market prices with those agreed to by the institution during the evaluation of a system of electronic voting.
In elections with less abstention than expected, Jimmy Morales, the filmmaker candidate for a nationalist center party, will run in the second round of the presidential election with an opponent who has yet to be chosen.
The 2015 elections in Guatemala saw the participation of 65% of eligible voters, which is auspicious in light of calls for abstention from different social sectors. Blank votes will not exceed 4% of those cast.
Lack of official results from the March 1st elections creates uncertainty among employers and undermines the country's image as a destination for foreign investment.
Representatives from the Salvadoran Association of Industries (ASI) argue that "... the political environment in the country could deter foreign investors. " In addition, this could affect the disbursement of Fomilenio II.
The center-right Varela won the election where the differences between the candidates were not about political philosophies but management styles, for which reason it is estimated there will be no major changes in Panama.
Varela had been the ally who helped the current President Ricardo Martinelli win previous elections, but there was soon distance between them, with Varelas removal from the office of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, although he retained the formal title of Vice President won in those elections.
The tiny margin separating the winner of the presidential election from his opponent does not favor institutional stability.
According to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of El Salvador, 6,364 votes is the difference that separates the official candidate of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) from his opponent Norman Quijano, from the ARENA party.
The Honduran Council of Private Enterprise has called on political parties to respect the results of the elections held in the country.
"The private sector is calling on leaders of political parties to exercise leadership and make a call to their bases so that tolerance and respect for the law prevails," said the Honduran Council of Private Enterprise (Cohep) .
Despite several complaints of irregularities and the most voted-for opposition candidates refusing to recognize his victory, President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua will serve a second consecutive term.
After scrutinizing 85% of the polls, Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council announced that interim results indicated that the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSNL) and its candidate Daniel Ortega had garnered 62.56% of the total vote, while his closest follower, the Independent Liberal Party (PLI) and its candidate, liberal businessman Fabio Gadea, had only 30.87%.
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