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Morales' exit stymies comeback for Latin America's left

Nov. 12, 2019 2:53 PM EST

The sudden resignation of Bolivia's Evo Morales sent shockwaves throughout Latin America, where the indigenous leader had been the last survivor among a wave of leftist leaders swept to power two decades ago as commodity prices soared. But the upheaval that has recently rocked the region, threatening Trump allies...

Is boom, then slump, behind fiery Latin American protests?

Oct. 24, 2019 5:03 AM EDT

Chile is one of the richest countries in the region. Haiti is the poorest. Ecuador has a centrist government. Bolivia's is socialist. Yet, from Port-au-Prince to Santiago, furious demonstrators were marching this week to demand fundamental change, part of a wave of often-violent protests that has set tires,...

Bolivia's Evo Morales faces tightest presidential election

Oct. 19, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales faces the tightest election of his political career Sunday as he tries to extend his nearly 14 years in power. The 59-year-old leftist, who is seeking a fourth term, still appears to lead in polls. But some surveys say he's likely to fall short of a...

3 Ecuador opposition lawmakers seek refuge at Mexico embassy

Oct. 15, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Three lawmakers aligned with former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa have taken refuge in the Mexican Embassy in Quito amid the country's subsiding upheaval. Opposition legislators Luis Fernando Molina, Soledad Buendía and Carlos Viteri were at the embassy Tuesday, according to...

Ecuador crisis weakens president, strengthens indigenous

Oct. 14, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Thousands of indigenous demonstrators, student volunteers and local residents launched a mass cleanup Monday of a Quito park where anti-austerity protesters fought police for days, leaving piles of burning tires, trees and construction material. President Lenín Moreno signed a...

Ecuador indigenous, president strike deal to end protests

Oct. 13, 2019 11:14 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — President Lenín Moreno and leaders of Ecuador's indigenous peoples struck a deal late Sunday to cancel a disputed austerity package and end nearly two weeks of protests that have paralyzed the economy and left seven dead.  Under the agreement announced just before 10...

President orders army onto streets of Ecuadorian capital

Oct. 13, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's army took to the streets after President Lenín Moreno ordered the first 24-hour curfew in decades in response to a day of attacks on government buildings and media offices. By Saturday night, soldiers had retaken control of the park and streets leading to the National...

A look at who's who in Ecuador's deadly political crisis

Oct. 11, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

Over a week of deadly unrest has plunged Ecuador into crisis, with clashes, looting, blockades, hundreds of arrests, a state of emergency declaration, stalled economic activity and government operations moved out of the capital. The protests erupted over an end to subsidies that kept fuel prices low, while...

Defiant protesters in Ecuador parade captive police officers

Oct. 10, 2019 10:05 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Anti-government protesters paraded captive police officers on a stage Thursday, defying Ecuadorian authorities who are seeking dialogue with opponents, particularly indigenous groups, after deadly unrest that was triggered by fuel price hikes. Some of the officers were later forced to...

Ex-Ecuador president wants new vote, denies planning coup

Oct. 10, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Former Ecuador President Rafael Correa on Thursday dismissed as "nonsense" allegations that he is plotting with Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro to destabilize the current Ecuador government amid violent unrest sparked by fuel price hikes. In an interview with The Associated Press, Correa...