Vijay Prashad analyses recent political and electoral trends in Latin America against the background of the Covid pandemic and the US offensive against the left in the region.
Guillermo Lasso, a former banker with close ties to the US, won Ecuador’s presidential election, defeating progressive candidate Andrés Arauz. The left, meanwhile, remains a major political force in Ecuador and will resist the avalanche of attacks to come.
The government of President Lenín Moreno is interfering in the election of the next President. Last weekend it tried to seize digital content from the database that administers the electoral system. It is attempting to stop the election of Andrés Arauz, the left’s candidate, who topped the first round of the election.
Progressive International statement in defence of Ecuador’s democracy.
Reactionary forces are leading a dirty and dishonest campaign to remove the leading candidate Andrés Arauz and delay the second round of the Presidential election.
According to the government’s official data Ecuador has 10,128 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 507 deaths, as of the 21st April.
Experts estimate that this official data amounts to less than 10% of pandemic’s actual casualties.
Recent events in Latin America entirely refute the claim in the Western media that the right wing was carrying all before it in the continent.