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LATIN AMERICA LEFTIST/CENTER-LEFT WINS

In America Latina, Current Affairs, Politics on December 4, 2006 by Eliacín

— VENEZUELA – With 78 percent of the vote counted, Chavez had 61 percent while his challenger Manuel Rosales, a governor from an oil-producing province, trailed with 38 percent.

 

— BRAZIL – President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was re-elected in October with 60.8 percent of the vote against 39.2 percent for Geraldo Alckmin of the centrist Brazilian Social Democracy Party.

 

— NICARAGUA – Daniel Ortega, former Sandinista guerrilla leader whose Marxist regime of the 1980s was plagued by a civil war fueled by the United States, won the presidency in November against conservative Eduardo Montealegre, by 38 percent to 29 percent.

 

— BOLIVIA – Evo Morales of the Movement Toward Socialism won the presidency with 54.2 percent of the vote, while former president Jorge Quiroga received 28.6 percent.

 

— CHILE – Michelle Bachelet, a Socialist in a center-left coalition, became the country’s first female leader after winning 53.5 percent in January’s election over opposition candidate Sebastian Pinera’s 46.5 percent.

 

— PERU – President Alan Garcia’s beat Ollanta Humala by 52.6 percent to 47.4 percent. Garcia was more centrist than his radical rival but has well-established leftist credentials.

 

— ECUADOR – In November, Rafael Correa won with about 57 percent of the vote while conservative Alvaro Noboa trailed by doubled digits, according to electoral authorities.

* CONSERVATIVE WINS:

— MEXICO – Felipe Calderon narrowly won a July election by 35.89 to 35.33 percent in a vote that highlighted deep class divisions.

— COLOMBIA – Alvaro Uribe won 62 percent of the vote on May 28 against 22 percent for his closest rival, Colombian Sen. Carlos Gaviria.

— GUYANA – President Bharrat Jagdeo, a free-market advocate, won re-election in the former British colony last August. Jagdeo won 54.6 percent of the vote. Robert Corbin, a key opponent who charged Jagdeo with ignoring Afro-Guyanese issues and turning a blind eye to corruption, got 34 percent.

Via Reuters

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One Response to “LATIN AMERICA LEFTIST/CENTER-LEFT WINS”

  1. Uruguay? Argentina?

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