Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Ecuador president Rafael Correa re-elected again

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
Home » Discuss » General Discussion Donate to DU
rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-17-13 10:41 PM
Original message
Ecuador president Rafael Correa re-elected again
Ecuador's president Rafael Correa has been elected to a third term in power.

The leftwing incumbent, who first took office in 2007 and was re-elected in 2009, won 58% of the vote, well ahead of his closest challenger, former banker Guillermo Lasso, with 24%.


The 48-year-old Correa has raised living standards for the lower classes and widened the welfare state with region-leading social spending but critics including international human rights groups call him a bully.

Correa has brought uncharacteristic political stability to the oil-exporting nation of 14.6 million people that had been through seven presidents in the decade before him.


Correa has eroded the influence of opposition parties, the Roman Catholic church and the news media and used criminal libel law to try to silence opposition journalists.


While I have some problem with his use of the libel laws, eroding the power of the Catholic Church, distancing himself from the US and re-writing contracts with Exxon so Ecuador gets a higher percentage of THEIR oil is a good thing.
Refresh | +1 Recommendations Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-18-13 10:47 AM
Response to Original message
1. He might find himself
Edited on Mon Feb-18-13 10:47 AM by Enthusiast
assassinated if he keeps the United States "at arms length".

I have no problem with Correa limiting the influence of the Roman Catholic church. The Roman Catholic Church has a horrible record of achievement in improving human rights and poverty in Latin America. Just look at the record.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-18-13 06:44 PM
Response to Reply #1
2. I don't know if I'd say horrible. It's kind of a mixed bag
Richard Dawkins pointed out that in Brazil and Chile in the 70's and 80's that they were an important anti-government (aka anti-military dictatorship) force.
El Salvador the scar Arnulfo Romero y Galdmez the Archbishop was murdered in his church as were many other priests and nuns
The Contras (you remember those freedom fighters) killed many nuns and priests

It's Argentina, Paraguay, Panama not so good.
I would mention that a lot of the anti-fascist support from the church came from many of the priests and bishops appointed prior to 1984.
I'm assuming that in Ecuador the history is the same as Paraguay

On a slightly different topic. If you get a chance (and haven't yet) check out the President of Uruguay. I was watching a program on him. Interesting guy
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-19-13 07:12 AM
Response to Reply #2
3. I do remember nuns being killed
and raped in El Salvador back in the day. But I do not think they were following church policy. They were trying to preserve a tiny bit of civil justice so they found themselves in opposition to a ruthless right wing government.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Wed Apr 26th 2017, 03:32 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]

Home » Discuss » General Discussion Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC