Lula Ready to Exit Stage

February 22nd, 2010 at 11:17 am | 1 Comment |

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In an interview with Brazilian newspaper O Estado de Sao Paulo, doctor Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva categorically rejected calls to run again for office in 2014.  In addition, site he stated that if his party’s successor (Dilma Rousseff) wins the next presidential elections, he would not attempt to influence her government.

These are very refreshing declarations in a region where, lately, many presidents have used their influence and power to stay in office at any cost.  Take, for example, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, Bolivia’s Evo Morales, and Ecuador’s Rafael Correa, who have all amended their constitutions to stay in power.  Honduras’ ex-president’s attempt to reform the constitution resulted in a coup d’état that has had harmful consequences for the country’s economy and political stability.  This is not only a desire of leftist President: Colombia’s Alvaro Uribe has not stopped his government’s effort to amend the constitution to enable him to run for a third term.

Few countries in the region are building strong and stable democracies; Chile and Brazil are great examples of it.  Their leaders, as well as their people, have understood that alternation is a key element of a healthy democracy.  A new wave of unstable democracies in Latin America could lead to undesired results such as the growth of extremist groups.  Chile and Brazil are providing a welcome example but they need to take a more active role as leaders of the region and start using diplomatic channels to help build stronger democracies.  It is also time for the United States to rethink their almost nonexistent foreign policy towards Latin America and start building stronger partnerships with these countries.

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  • Carney

    Lula is a mixed bag.

    He’s a leftist anti-American, making common cause with Chavez and Chavez’s Mini-Me’s.

    However, he has been a major supporter of ethanol, which is a key weapon in the fight against the jihad, and against tyrannies in general.