On Thursday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m., controversial leftist leader Nicolas Maduro was sworn in for a second 6-year term as President of Venezuela despite deteriorating economic and political conditions throughout the country. Although Maduro’s inauguration crowd was undeniably more sparse than in the past, a few leaders and foreign dignitaries made a point to make an appearance and show their support for the regime in spite of widespread international criticism.
Twenty-three years ago, Mexico’s Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) successfully executed its famous uprising under its leader, Subcomandante Marcos, which many thought would be the first sentence on a new page in Mexican history. The revolution in Chiapas, which was intentionally planned to align with the introduction of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), seemed as if it would achieve its goal of realizing rights for indigenous people (Young 2017).
Former president of Haiti, Michel Martelly, stepped down from his position on the 8th of February, 2016, leaving behind no successor. While his term was set to end in February, he left early amid tension in the government. Martelly has put his support behind Jovenel Moise, a banana exporter, while the opposition supports Jude Celestin. In the first round of elections, Moise won one third of the vote, while Celestin was close behind with one quarter of the vote.