Why Latin America’s Governments Keep Getting Re-Elected
Last night, the Latin American Political Society of Dartmouth discussed the implications of Rafael Correa’s re-election in Ecuador this past weekend.
What should we make of a part of the world where governments have resolutely turned their back on Western economic models which have failed Europe, slashed poverty and inequality, taken back industries and resources from corporate control, massively expanded public services and democratic participation – and keep getting re-elected in fiercely contested elections?
That is what has been happening in Latin America for a decade. The latest political leader to underline the trend is the radical economist Rafael Correa, re-elected as Ecuador’s President last weekend with 57% of the shared vote also while his party won an outright majority in parliament.
Ecuador is now part of a well-established pattern. Last October the much reviled but hugely popular Hugo Chávez, who returned home on Monday after two months of cancer treatment in Cuba, was re-elected president of Venezuela with 55% of the vote after 14 years in power in a ballot far more fraud-proof than those in Britain or the US. That followed the re-election of Bolivia’s Evo Morales, Latin America’s first indigenous president, in 2009; the election of Lula’s nominated successor Dilma Rouseff in Brazil in 2010; and of Christina Fernandez in Argentina 2011.
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