The Left Now Rules Most of Latin America. Will It Be Able to Live Up to Its Promises?

By Kate Linthicum and Tracy Wilkinson

"These guys came in with all of this optimism," said AS/COA's Brian Winter to the Los Angeles Times.

Over the last four years, leftist candidates have won presidential elections in one Latin American country after the other: Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Colombia.

Now Brazil has cemented the trend. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s narrow victory Sunday means the left will soon control six of the region’s seven largest economies. […]

“It’s a much more complicated world,” said Brian Winter, vice president for policy at the Council of the Americas, who said today’s political and economic reality means the new crop of leaders has less freedom than their predecessors to carry out ambitious agendas. […]

“These guys came in with all of this optimism, and they have both been ground down by circumstances and their own mistakes,” Winter said. […]

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