Latin American Leaders Need Less Constitutional Reform, More Action

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — President Evo Morales wants to “refound Bolivia.” His Ecuadorian counterpart Rafael Correa wants to “correct the barbarities committed by the party-ocracy.” Their chosen method — like Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez before them — is a new constitution. Ecuador will elect a Constituent Assembly on Sept. 30; Bolivia’s version has been deliberating since June 2006. Meanwhile, Chávez himself is trying to reform the 1999 constitution that he promulgated, including provisions for a new six-hour week and a much-publicized change in the country’s time zone. The moves are far from unprecedented. For Latin American constitutions, life has often been nasty, […]

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