Ecuador's former President Rafael Correa has said he's certain Bolivian President Evo Morales, Latin America's first Indigenous head of state, will be re-elected for a fourth term in next year's elections.
Interviewing Morales on his show 'Speaking With Correa,' broadcasted by Russian media outlet RT, Correa highlighted "double standards" among the international community regarding re-elections. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was praised as a "great leader" on being elected for her fourth term, while Latin American leaders are branded 'dictators,' Correa said.
"Evo Morales makes history in Latin America, the leader who transformed his dear Bolivia, but we also see here a double standard at international level," Correa said.
"Because Evo is not doing what everybody does, they say he failed, that he's a populist. Because he will certainly win his fourth election, he's a caudillo and Bolivia a dictatorship. If with all due respect Angela Merkel wins her fourth election, she's a leader and Germany a mature democracy."
Morales and Correa discussed attacks from the international right, and the U.S. threat towards progressive governments in Latin America. One example is the case of friend Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the Brazilian ex-president currently imprisoned on trumped-up corruption charges – effectively a political prisoner, they said.
"If there's no military coup, there's a parliamentary coup; a judicial court," said Morales. "I was reading the newspapers and they say they will grant Lula freedom if he's not a candidate, or a judge that says 'I don't have evidence; I have convictions.' Imagine that."
Morales won the last three presidential elections with more than 50 percent of the votes. He was granted the right to run again in 2019.
"Some presidents of the United States talk about peace, but they never speak about social justice," Morales said. "Peace without social justice is non-existent. Besides that, interventions, military invasions, displacements, migration – and, above all that, walls – that's a huge contradiction."
"Peace without social justice is just pacification," Correa answered. Morales then joked: "Beware of the U.S. embassy. There's no coup in the United States because there's no U.S. embassy in the United States.
"I don't know if so-called globalization is the solution for the people," Morales concluded. "I'm convinced imperialism and capitalism are the worst enemies of humanity, the worst enemies of life and the worst enemies of future generations. What does capitalism bring to future generations if it causes so much harm to life and Mother Earth?"