We knew 2017 would be an eventful year for elections, but 2018 is shaping up to be almost as seismic. Here are five votes to keep tabs on in the coming year.
Donald Trump’s belligerent approach to Mexico has boosted leftist firebrand, former mayor of Mexico City, and twice-failed presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) into pole position for Mexico’s presidency. AMLO has solidified his place as front-runner by matching Trump’s bluster with a defiance that resonates with Mexican voters; the percentage of those with a favorable view of the U.S. has fallen from 66 percent in 2015 to just 30 percent today.
63 percent of Brazilians say corruption is a “very big problem,” which is to be expected when one-third of the country’s cabinet members, senators, and state governors are currently under investigation. After Lava Jato (Car Wash)—Brazil’s largest-ever corruption investigation that has already brought down one president—Latin America’s largest economy wants something completely different.