Tuesday, December 07, 2004
The Left scores again in Bolivia
What is becoming of Latin America? With U.S. resources so tied up in Iraq and Afghanistan, the South American continent is getting quite out of hand. The problem seems to be the flourishing of democracy.
According to the AP,
Indian and peasant organizations promising better access to health care and education won every major Bolivian city in local elections Sunday, trouncing long-dominant parties in a reshuffling of the political map in South America's poorest country, unofficial results showed.
Note, however, that word "unofficial." After all, the AP is relying on exit polls. And we know from our own election how inaccurate they can be, right?
The new groups, including United Citizens, campaigned for cleaner streets, better access to education and health care and improved public transportation. They also oppose globalization and the trade policies of the United States.
The campaigns attracted voters frustrated with traditional parties, especially after last year's dispute over a government plan to export natural gas ended in bloody street demonstrations that killed 56 people and toppled President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada. [emphasis added]
"Goni" Sanchez de Lozada, known as "El Gringo" because his Spanish was so bad after his upbringing in the U.S., hightailed it back to the U.S. after the uprising. He is no doubt pursuing a career in "business."