Is Ecuador About to Return to Correa’s Fiery Brand of Populism?

A supporter of presidential candidate Andres Arauz during a rally in Salcedo, Ecuador, Jan. 31, 2021 (AP photo by Dolores Ochoa).
A supporter of presidential candidate Andres Arauz during a rally in Salcedo, Ecuador, Jan. 31, 2021 (AP photo by Dolores Ochoa).

The nightmarish scenes last spring from Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city and economic capital, exposed what has arguably been the Western Hemisphere’s worst COVID-19 outbreak. Many of the Pacific port city’s affluent residents had been visiting Europe during a school break last January and February; a few weeks later, its hospitals and morgues were quickly overwhelmed. Dantean images of the dead abandoned on sidewalks by grieving family members, who feared they would also lose their lives to this alien new disease, flashed around the world. But things had already been rough in the small Andean nation before those horrors. In October […]

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