In Guatemala, an anti-corruption candidate wins the runoff election by a landslide, in a vote that was a critical test of the Central American country's democratic credentials.
Prosecutors allege the former president and co-conspirators used lies to advance criminal conspiracies to overturn the election. Scholars say distant and recent history show how potent lies can be.
Guatemala's already troubled presidential election has been thrown into more chaos and confusion only weeks ahead of a contentious second round of voting.
The Pheu Thai party and the progressive Move Forward Party made a strong showing, in a repudiation to the military-backed government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.
The report, "Freedom in the World 2023," finds that the gap between the number of countries where freedom has improved and where it has declined is at its narrowest in 17 years.
The continent's largest democracy and biggest economy holds a presidential election Saturday that's come down to a race of three leading candidates.
It was just over a month ago that hundreds of extremist supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro, stormed the capital and ransacked the Congress, Supreme Court and the presidential offices.
Despite huge protests, Israel's new far-right government is doubling down on its first major initiative: to weaken the judiciary. Hungary and Poland's far-right did the same when they entered office.
His comments are important, because democracy in Latin America is in retreat. The president of El Salvador has announced he will defy constitutional term limits and run again for president next year.