With Haiti stuck in yet another election impasse, it’s time to re-evaluate and re-orient U.S. policy toward the beleaguered island nation. The first step is requiring Haiti’s political class to take more responsibility.
Recientemente tuvimos la oportunidad de entrevistar a Guillermo Lasso Mendoza, uno de los candidatos para las próximas elecciones Ecuatorianas de 2017. El candidato Lasso lidera el Movimiento Político Creando Oportunidades (CREO). Fue candidato a la Presidencia del Ecuador por CREO en las elecciones de 2013 en las que se convirtió en la segunda fuerza política del país.
Impeachment processes are always messy political processes (remember Bill Clinton’s in 1998?). In the case of Brazil, by providing a constitutional exit for unpopular executives, impeachment may be what ultimately preserves Brazilian democracy.
Morales and Correa remain in power and maintain strong popular support, but their miscalculations have created the best chances yet of opening space for political competition in both countries. It presents an opportunity for political oppositions to rise to the occasion with policy proposals that reestablish checks and balances and strengthen independent institutions. Although the tide is turning against populist authoritarian regimes in Latin America, much remains to be done to restore democratic governance.
Whatever you may think of Evo Morales and his time in power, Bolivian voters’ narrow rejection of a constitutional amendment to allow him to run again is a good thing for the country’s politics and even Morales’ legacy.
Thirty years after the Jean-Claude Duvalier fled Haiti, the Caribbean island country has been plagued by political upheaval, autocracy, and corruption. Now, though, after yet another electoral debacle, the international community has a rare opportunity to support the Haitian people, rather than an imperfect, temporary way out of a crisis.
Any numerical representation of people has institutional and moral consequences. This is especially so in Venezuela where Chavistas consistently had a monopoly on being the majority and used it to discount opposition as los escualidos (the few, rotten elites), a characterization that is now less credible with the recent elections.