Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Latin America: Honeymoon With Democracy Is Over! permanent link   0 comments
great article in Sunday's Houston Chronicle

After decades of domination by dictators, the land that runs from northern Mexico south to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, has become governed almost wholly by freely chosen leaders. For nearly 20 years, elections have taken place like clockwork. In a 14-month cycle that began last November and ends in December, 12 new heads of state will have been selected.

But just as a raucous wedding can give way to a rocky marriage, elections often have produced governments that have been inept or unfaithful to the people who elected them. Many voters feel betrayed because they think democracy has failed to generate widespread prosperity, reduce crime or bridge the huge gap between rich and poor.

The honeymoon with democracy is over.


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