Corruption, Politics Weaken Democracies

October 2004
America;10/18/2004, Vol. 191 Issue 11, p5
This article discusses political problems in Latin America. Many democracies in Latin America are weakened by corruption and partisan politics, said the Latin American bishops' council. These are main factors in the region's growing poverty and in the lack of government emphasis on national development programs, said the Bogotá-based council. The five-page document was issued after a church-sponsored symposium on ethics, politics and economics in the countries of the Andean region of South America. The document criticized government leaders who have incurred huge foreign debts while draining domestic financial resources. The document called for legal action against government leaders who incurred these debts without consulting the public and through corruption. For Latin America, globalization often has meant sharing such environmental risks as global warming, deterioration of the ozone layer and the siphoning off of energy resources, according to the document.


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