2023 Author: Steven Freeman | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-07-31 01:03
Until recently, Latin America had five robust governments leaning to the left: Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador. But, as Time magazine has just published, the implosion of Venezuela is only one of the most recent signs that this political aspect is losing ground on our continent.
In Brazil in October, voters billed the leftist Workers' Party (PT) a heavy defeat. Among the causes of this defeat are corruption investigations against some of the most popular leftist leaders in recent times - former President of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and former President Dilma Rousseff, who was dismissed in the midst of one of the worst crises policies of this country, which included the scandalous Petrobras corruption case.
Another scandal that tarnished a leftist government occurred in Argentina, where former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's real estate and hotel businesses linked her to alleged acts of corruption. This made it easier to elect center-right Mauricio Macri in 2015 and keep her awaiting trial for alleged embezzlement of state funds.
In Bolivia, a country that has seen its economy rise between 3 and 6.5 percent each year since Evo Morales came to power in 2006, the dominance of the left could fall as the limits of the constitution may prevent him from running as a candidate presidential for the fourth time. And if it does, it would have to clarify a corruption case first, more than indicative of the terrain that the left has lost in that country.
While in Venezuela, a country that the left devastated promising to improve the quality of life of the poorest, the governments of Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro have left 93 percent of their citizens unable to buy food and with an inflation rate of 800 percent. This according to unofficial estimates, since since 2015 the Central Bank of that country stopped publishing that information.
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