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Sunday, July 09, 2006

COLUMN: IS LATIN AMERICA SHIFTING TO THE RIGHT?

MEXICO CITY - If center-right candidate Felipe Calderon's victory in Mexico's July 2 presidential elections is confirmed by the electoral tribunal, political analysts' contentions that a leftist wave is sweeping the hemisphere may have to be revised. In the latest elections in Mexico, Canada, Peru, Colombia and Costa Rica, the winners were the most pro-free trade candidates. Is the leftist tsunami over in Latin America? Read the full column I wrote after Mexico's presidential vote.

7 Comments:

Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

Good column, Andres.

Latin America can thank Hugo Chavez for its current trend. The last three big elections - Peru, Colombia and Mexico - were all won by anti-Hugo Chavez candidates. People see what Hugo Chavez has done to Venezuela and Bolivia and say to themselves "that's exactly what I don't want."

In addition, Morales' support is slipping in Bolivia. Leftwing nutcases who let Hugo take the controls don't impress anyone. The gleaming promises of Chavistadom with its instant wealth and "revolutionary" change are overshadowed by the itty bitty problem that it's only possible with Hugo himself at the helm, no matter what the country. Chavismo is not exactly about self-sufficiency - it's about dependence on a thug.

That's exactly what voters don't want.

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Gustavo Perez said...

I hope you are right.

I follow the situation in Venezuela very close, as my family lives there.

The rest of South America should follow suit and create an inbalance against Chavez.

12:41 AM  
Blogger Boli-Nica said...

Electoral politics is about defining your enemy before he defines you. Seems like neo-populists were succesfull at first by running against "neo-liberalism." They defined neo-liberalism as a cause of: government corruption, scandals from privatization, economic collapses, high unemployment, crony capitalism, US drug policies, failures to reduce poverty, etc., etc. In Bolivia Evo won by painting Tuto Quiroga as a "neo-liberal" patsy.

But the neo-populists are now facing the other side of the coin. Chavez and Evo became the poster-children for a new bogeyman, the "populista." Like the "neo-liberal" term, in electoral politics, it can be used broadly or specifically, and if all else fails, just say your opponent acts like Chavez. In short it has become an electoral bad word, much as neo-liberal is.

Interesting thing it was created by Latin Americans, to define other Latin Americans, competing in free elections.

9:56 PM  
Blogger BeReal said...

Peru, Mexico jajjaja

are not ashamed to call those "elections" ???

4:59 PM  
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9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Oppenheimer: Are you sure?

Recent elections in Nicaragua proves the leftist trend is more
alive than you think.

If latinamericans voted right wing
in Colombia,Peru and Mexico was
a question of "alternativity of
power".
Peru had a populist president
before Alan Garcia.
And Mexico,that is a special case,
no matter who is in power,things
are not going to change.

Colombia' s Uribe now is
stained with political scandals
and colombians are not very happy with Uribe either.

Let's just wait and see.

Saludos cordiales.

8:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

best regards, nice info » » »

10:27 AM  

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