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Latin America's political map could find itself being redrawn as 12 of the region's countries hold presidential elections between November 2005 and the end of 2006.

One of the key issues - being closely watched by Washington - is whether the recent left-wing trend in the region will continue. And, if it does, what will be the likely nature of any new left-leaning government. Will newly-elected leaders be of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez variety or closer to Brazil's moderate President Lula?

Click on the map to learn about the prospects and main challenges in each country, and track the changing face of the region as voters go to the polls.


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