The sweeping reelection victory of Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa (pictured, with arms raised) on Sunday provides the radical economist with a new opportunity to further his “socialist revolution,” which he launched soon after assuming office in 2007. Correa was assisted by the fact that his opposition was splintered among seven parties. “With about three-quarters of the ballots counted on Sunday evening,” the New York Times reported, “Mr. Correa had received 56 percent of the votes cast. Guillermo Lasso, a banker, the closest of his seven opponents, had 23 percent.”
Correa’s victory raises his stature as a key leader in the Marxist-Leninist revolution that is overtaking most of Latin America. He is often tagged as the logical successor to Venezuela’s ailing Hugo Chavez as the most outspoken U.S. antagonist in the region, in much the same way that Chavez has succeeded Fidel Castro in that role.
However, Correa has plenty of allies and competitors vying for the honor of top “anti-Yankee/anti-capitalist” firebrand. Radio Havana Cuba (RHC) announced on January 18 that the São Paulo Forum, a powerful coalition of Latin American communist and socialist parties and terrorist groups, had endorsed Correa at a meeting in Quito, Ecuador.
This was not the first time the São Paulo Forum (SPF) had endorsed Correa; he’s been a favorite son of the SPF’s Castroite lobby for years and was endorsed previously by the SPF — for instance, at its 2011 meeting (see “Final Declaration — 17th Meeting of the São Paulo Forum”).
This is not surprising since Rafael Correa and his ruling PAIS Alliance Party are members of the SPF, a significant fact that is rarely mentioned in any of the U.S. media reports on Correa and Ecuador.
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Photo of President Rafael Correa celebrating reelection in Ecuador: AP Images