Rafael Correa Admits the Latin American Left Faces “Difficult Times”
Rafael Correa, president of Ecuador, said that the Latin American left is going through “difficult times” but “not terrible times.”
In a television interview in the south of Quito, the executive said that “nobody should be indispensable and that processes must overcome people.” He also mentioned that the “electoral setbacks that we have experienced in recent times are temporary setbacks.”
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Correa made these remarks in reference to current political developments in such nations as Argentina, Venezuela, and Cuba, after the deaths of Communist and leftist icons such as Nestor Kirchner, Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro.
Correa, who will relinquish power in 2017, said that despite these “electoral setbacks” experienced by progressive movements “in some countries such as Bolivia,” Evo Morales would win by a large margin if elections were held there today,” he said.
He also emphasized the recent triumph of Daniel Ortega in the Nicaraguan elections and the leftist government currently in power in El Salvador.
On the other hand, he admitted that Michelle Bachelet, the current president of Chile, is facing some “problems” but that there are also “great chances of winning the 2017 elections.”
With regard to Ecuador, a nation that will hold presidential and legislative elections in February 2017, Correa boasted that his ruling party, Alianza País (AP), will win by a wide margin and that voters will support the Alianza País candidate, ex-vice president Lenin Moreno.
However, he acknowledged that “if we lose, our political movement will continue, because it is not linear.” He also asked his supporters not to be frightened by these possible scenarios and to take into account the “type of adversaries we face with our political project.”
Referring to some of his political opponents, he mentioned specifically big industry, the “mass media” which he alleges is tied to right-wing parties with “funded by non-governmental organizations that try to permanently destabilize progressive governments,” he said.
Source: La Republica