Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela Venezuela's PresidencyXinhua via ZUMA Wire

Two Blows Against Illiberal Democracy

The pool of contenders for the title of “world’s worst elected government” just got a little smaller. Not only has Argentina now escaped 12 years of arrogant autarchy under Néstor and Cristina Kirchner; a stunning defeat in parliamentary elections should mark the beginning of the end for 16 years of chavismo in Venezuela.

SANTIAGO – The number of elected governments competing to be the world’s worst has now fallen by two. Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe remains in office, as does Hungary’s Viktor Orbán. Poland is slipping into illiberalism, and regimes stretching from North Africa to the Hindu Kush are already there.