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Signs of a Right-Wing ‘Restoration’ in South America?

ISSN:1060-4189
LADB Article ID: 79430
Category/Department: Ecuador
Date: 2014-09-19
By: Andrés Gaudín

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa believes that right-wing forces are launching a "conservative restoration" in South America, a coordinated effort to regain power and, unless the left is willing to fight back, put an end to the cycle of progressive governments that has taken hold there in recent years. In an interview published July 21 in the Brazilian daily Folha de São Paulo, Correa—the first South American president to face a coup attempt (on Sept. 30, 2010) since Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez in April 2002—urged his fellow leftists to "be very alert, because the national and international right has overcome the initial shock caused by the arrival of our governments and now has a clearly articulated [plan]." He said the political right in Ecuador, for example, "is in constant contact with its counterparts in Venezuela and the US, which is generously financing these supposedly nongovernmental organizations that were created and paid to fight us."

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