Left or right, Latin Americans find their voice

Source: Christian Science Monitor
by staff

“Five years ago, much of Latin America broke right, electing conservative governments that promised to tackle corruption and rising crime. Now it appears to be swinging the other way. If Brazilians return former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to power on Oct. 2, the region’s six largest economies will be governed by leftists for the first time. There may be less, and more, to that than it sounds. Popular demands have expanded but they haven’t changed. Eighty-five percent of Latin Americans thought corruption was a big problem before the pandemic, according to Transparency International. COVID-19 deepened that crisis of public trust. So have climate change and inflation. Voters aren’t shifting back and forth between ideologies. They are eagerly searching for greater social equality, more economic opportunity — and, above all, better competency in governance.” (09/08/22)