In Ecuador, Has Correísmo Changed Its Tune?

By Will Freeman

Snap elections could return Rafael Correa’s movement to power—but it may have learned few lessons from its wilderness years.

A leader in exile—or, according to the government, on the run from justice. Top cadres in jail or scattered across continents. A society still nursing the wounds of a decade of polarization. These are not exactly the makings of a political comeback. But don’t tell that to Ecuador’s left-populist ex-President Rafael Correa and his supporters. Fresh off legal and electoral victories, correísmo is on the cusp of once again winning national office. On May 17, Correa and his supporters got the news they had been waiting for: Ecuador’s embattled conservative President Guillermo...

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