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Number 52011ISSN 1862-3581INTERNATIONALEDITIONBlocked Democracies inBlocked Democracies inCentral AmericaCentral AmericaOto Argueta, Sebastian Huhn, Sabine Kurtenbach, Peter PeezOto Argueta, Sebastian Huhn, Sabine Kurtenbach, Peter PeezThe elections of 6 November 2011 have further damaged Central American democracy.The elections of 6 November 2011 have further damaged Central American democracy.OtoPérezMolina,aright-wingconservativeformergeneral,waselectedpresidentOto Pérez Molina, a right-wing conservative former general, was elected presidentof Guatemala with 54 percent of all votes cast. On the same day, Daniel Ortega wasof Guatemala with 54 percent of all votes cast. On the same day, Daniel Ortega wasconfirmed for a third term as president of Nicaragua in oce with 62 percent. Bothconfirmed for a third term as president of Nicaragua in oce with 62 percent. Bothelections emphasize the growing trend of authoritarian rule in Central America.elections emphasize the growing trend of authoritarian rule in Central America.AnalysisAnalysisThe shortcomings within the Central American transformation towards democracy, theThe shortcomings within the Central American transformation towards democracy, theestablishment of the rule of law, and a policy of social development are clearly not of aestablishment of the rule of law, and a policy of social development are clearly not of atransient nature, as they have become more and more prominent. These shortcomingstransient nature, as they have become more and more prominent. These shortcomingsprevent the rooting of democracy in society that is necessary for its consolidation.prevent the rooting of democracy in society that is necessary for its consolidation.After two decades of political transformation, neither social injustice nor povertyAfter two decades of political transformation, neither social injustice nor povertyhave been reduced in Central America. Dealing with these historically ingrainedhave been reduced in Central America. Dealing with these historically ingrainedproblems, however, is necessary to politically strengthen and legitimize democracy.problems, however, is necessary to politically strengthen and legitimize democracy.The political minimum consensus is increasingly under threat. The supposedly left-The political minimum consensus is increasingly under threat. The supposedly left-wing parties demand a government policy of active intervention by establishingwing parties demand a government policy of active intervention by establishingwelfare programs; however, they atempt to put their policies into practice at thewelfare programs; however, they atempt to put their policies into practice at thecost of the existing legal framework.cost of the existing legal framework.

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Fred Jonyo
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Test, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Daniel Ortega, Giga, The Grave, President Daniel Ortega

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