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date: 11 April 2021

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Strong leadership in the form of the divine right of kings was the model in the countries that colonized Latin America. In different ways its twenty countries inherited that tradition. With the exception of Chile, Costa Rica, Uruguay, and Colombia, authoritarianism was most common until the late 1980s. It was then that the current wave of democracy arrived in the area. By the beginning of the twenty-first century nineteen of the twenty countries had elected presidents. Only Cuba was an exception.

Keywords: authoritarianism, democracy, military, dictatorship, transition

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