Buenos Aires Herald – A healthy blow for Correa
The results of the municipal elections in Ecuador were a setback for President Rafael Correa. Seven years after he took office, Correa has ran out of enemies to blame for the problems faced by his country. By electing opposition leaders to govern the three most important cities in the country, the people of Ecuador have sent a strong warning to the president. To be successful and to continue enjoying popular support, Correa will have to demonstrate his ability to work with the opposition. Because democracy requires checks and balances and concentration of power is never a good recipe for democratic consolidation, the setback for President Correa’s Alianza PAÍS coalition in the municipal elections might turn out to be a healthy warning for the administration and a good indicator of the strength of Ecuadorean democracy.