The campaign for Guatemala’s Sept. 6 presidential, legislative and municipal elections is unfolding against a backdrop of ongoing protests that erupted following charges of corruption against a former vice president and other political leaders. This challenging political environment is further complicated by intimidation and threats of violence, particularly against Guatemalan observers monitoring election preparations.
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Authoritarian push-back against democratic development is a significant challenge in today's world. The July issue of the Journal of Democracy shines a light on this challenge and includes an article by Pat Merloe, NDI's senior associate and director of election programs.
In Honduras, a series of recent protests have taken place as citizens call attention to corruption and impunity. In response to the latest corruption scandal involving the embezzlement of $120 million from the Honduras Social Security Institute (IHSS), a growing movement led by young people using social networks has organized mass “torchlight marches” (Marcha de las Antorchas) in major cities across the country.
Pledging a commitment to good governance, anti-corruption, democracy and fighting terrorism, newly elected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addressed a Washington, D.C., gathering July 22 during his first trip to the U.S. since his election in March.
The democratic values that underpinned Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity in 2014 still unite Ukrainians today, according to NDI public opinion research. Ukrainians have little nostalgia for the pre-revolution government, even among those who voted for opposition parties in October’s parliamentary elections. NDI conducted a nationwide face-to-face survey of 5,842 respondents in April and May, as well as implicit association tests, a method of measuring implicit or underlying attitudes, among 600 Ukrainians.
NDI Vice Chair and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle reflects on his recent trip to Ukraine in an op-ed for Politico Magazine. He applauds the strides Ukrainians have made in creating a more democratic society, though emphasizes the need for greater U.S. support for Ukraine.
“There may be no place on the globe where the stakes for democracy and freedom are higher or more reliable than Ukraine. The United States shouldn’t let the opportunity pass,” Daschle wrote.
Please join the National Democratic Institute and partners for a conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria onWednesday, July 22, at the United States Institute of Peace. RSVP here.
Over the last several decades, Mauritania, a large desert nation on Africa’s west coast, has experienced frequent coups d’état and political deadlock.
In congressional testimony July 14, NDI's Les Campbell, senior associate and regional director for Middle East and North Africa programs, gave an update on the state of Tunisia’s democratic transition.