A referendum in Ecuador is another defeat for South America’s left-wing populists

A referendum in Ecuador is another defeat for South America’s left-wing populists
LIMA, Peru  — When Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s combative socialist president, decided not to run in his country's 2017 presidential election, the move was widely interpreted as a tactical retreat. The strategy, commentators agreed, was to let his protege, Lenín Moreno, keep his seat warm for a single term — and take the blame for the country’s stalling economy — while Correa’s approval ratings recovered ahead of a triumphant return in the 2021 election. But if that was the plan, it has backfired spectacularly. Ecuadorans voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to approve constitutional changes that…Read more …

Controversial pardon of former Peru president upsets relatives of massacre victims

Controversial pardon of former Peru president upsets relatives of massacre victims
LIMA, Peru – Ada Ochoa still recalls the terrifying moments when she last saw her husband, Felando Castillo, alive. Around 15 men, wearing black jumpers and balaclavas burst into the couple’s modest home in Pativilca, a coastal district a couple of hours north of Lima, the Peruvian capital, during the early hours of January 29, 1992. Shouting obscenities and death threats, the men — thought to be from a secret military death squad allegedly taking orders from then president Alberto Fujimori — frog marched Castillo, 38, a subsistence farmer and father of three…Read more …