Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa shared Wednesday his candid thoughts about efforts by right-wing political forces in Latin America to oust democratically-elected governments, saying that it would set a dangerous precedent for democracy in the region.
“Right-wing politicians don't just want to return to power, they want to return with a thirst for vengeance,” said Correa during an interview with Ecuador Public Television.
President Correa was part of the so-called pink wave of leftist politicians elected throughout the region a decade ago that saw many countries abandon the neoliberal model.
Some of those leaders or their successors are now confronting a concerted attack from their political opponents, with some figures seeking to oust democratically-elected governments, as they have temporarily done in Brazil and are attempting to do in Venezuela.
Correa was extremely critical of the actions of Brazil's lawmakers, which have suspended President Dilma Rousseff from her post.
“What is happening in Brazil is a disastrous precedent—there are no specific allegations against the president—to depose a president for administrative decisions is a terrible move,” said Correa.
Correa said the “rules of democracy” were not being respected by Rousseff's opponents and that despite the composition of the Congress, she should be allowed to complete her entire four-year term.
The Ecuadorean president said he was waiting to see if Rousseff is permanently removed from her post but suggested that her ouster would be seen as an “illegitimate coup” by his government.
Correa also reiterated his praise for the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela, the name given to the political process initiated by the late Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez.
Venezuela is highly dependent on the income from oil exports but to an even greater extent than Ecuador. For Correa, this is at the root of the current economic issues facing Venezuela.
Correa also pinned the blame for the economic crisis in Venezuela on the role played by businesses, which are accused of deliberately sabotaging production in order to cause shortages of basic goods, as well as the media campaign aimed at disparaging the Venezuelan government.