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How 2022 Showed the Importance of the Political Center in the Americas (Despite Much Talk of Polarization)

  • Gerardo Lizardi
  • BBC News World

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Forget for a moment the much-talked-about polarization: 2022 showed the importance of the political center across America.

The news comes from polls in countries where conflict has escalated in recent times.

In elections this year in Brazil and Colombia, two of the three largest Latin American democracies, centrist voters were decisive.

Although left-wing candidates such as Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Gustavo Pedro won in both countries, they won. Appeals to curb against competitors deemed too extremist.