The ambition of Chávez, Uribe, Morales and Correa

chavurcorrmo-0109Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa is complaining that the indians in their protest against the mining industry want to destabilize his government, according to AFP today. Such news makes me yawn, because in Latin America there is a phenomenon which is democratically boring but also worrying. Several presidents are too much attached to their job. They all want to change the constitution in order to stay in power or/and increase it.

The most famous case is Venezuela’s president Hugo Chávez. Even though last year the people of Venezuela rejected his reelection, he is going to give it another try.

His neighbour in Colombia, Álvaro Uribe, although he doesn’t admit it, neither can wait to have his reelection reapproved. It would be the second time that a change of constitution would be necessary.

Evo Morales in Bolivia is in a similar process and Correa also wants to go on.

And all these ‘humble’ men keep stressing that they are democrats. But in all the four countries, just to mention one thing, press freedom is in jeopardy. Read the press releases of the Americas of the International Federation of Journalists and Reporters without Borders.

None of the four presidents supports different opinions than their own, and that is a very serious matter.

Hugo Chávez apart from his programme Alo presidente (which is now suspended because of the referendum about his possible reelection) now has a column of his own and Evo Morales, worried about criticism of the press towards his government launched the newspaper Cambio.

And if you speak Spanish and want to laugh, look at this.

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6 Responses to “The ambition of Chávez, Uribe, Morales and Correa”

  1. mary figmik Says:

    YOU CAN’T COMPARE URIBE WITH THE OTRES PRESIDENTS IMPOSED FOR CHAVES WITH PETRODOLARES. URIBE IS IN THE PRESIDENCE BECAUSE THE PEOPLEOF COLOMBIA WANT HIM AS PRESIDENT/. IF YOU SEE COLOMBIA CHANGED WITH URIBE FOR GOOD FOR THECOUNTRY. THE OTHERS CHANGED FOR WORSE THE COUNTRIES ARE DOWN IN SECURITY IN ECONOMY AND IN ESTABILITY. URIBE IS GOING TO BE REELECTED FOR THE 70% OF THE POPULATION. TH E OTHERS WON WITH A LOT OF TRIKCS.

    • wiesubags Says:

      It doesn’t matter, Mary. Correa has high approval rates as well and Morales won his referendum lately. And let’s be fair: not everybody is convinced of Uribe’s honesty. My point is that in a real democracy the president shouldn’t be in power too long. It is not OK. People often use Margaret Thatcher, Felipe González and Helmut Kohl as an example of reelections in what are called the developed countries. But in all the three people were sick and tired of their leaders when they finally left and hungered for a change.

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  5. Kathy Says:

    Why don’t you compare these presidents on the basis of their political philosophies? I think that would be far more enlightening.

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