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Democracy in Latin America must respond to regions poor Annan says

In a speech to the International Seminar on Democracy, Politics and the State, which opened this morning in Mexico City, Mr. Annan warned against the temptation among some – documented in a UN Development Programme (UNDP) survey earlier this year – to turn away from more than two decades of reforms towards democracy.”The vote has not produced a steady job, a full table, property rights – or, for many indigenous people, even a sense of real participation in the political life of their country,” he said, arguing that the popularity of democracy in Latin America will depend on citizens seeing actual material and social benefits from having a vote.”They must have reason to be confident that their vote will translate into improvements in their daily lives, and enable their societies to build consensus on the reforms that are needed for further democratic progress,” he said.Corruption-free public institutions, investments in education, genuine public participation in decision-making and determined political leadership are critical to fostering not just an electoral democracy but a “citizen’s democracy,” he said.In a report released in April, the UNDP found that just 43 per cent of almost 20,000 people polled across Latin America said they fully supported democracy, while 55 per cent said they would support on authoritarian regime if it could “resolve” their economic problems. And, since 2000, four elected presidents in the region have had to leave office before the formal end of their terms because of steep falls in their public support.But the Secretary-General emphasized that although democracy has not broken down the “barriers of exclusion” – and is even viewed by some as being part of the problem – Latin America needs more democracy, not less. “The great challenges of building democracy, advancing development and promoting security are closely related – and all nations have an interest in working together to meet them.”Later today Mr. Annan will meet the Foreign Affairs Committee of Mexico’s Senate, while last night he held talks with President Vicente Fox and Foreign Minister Luis Ernesto Derbez. The talks covered many issues, including the state of democracy in Latin America, the fight against HIV/AIDS and Mexico’s contribution to multilateralism. read more

Volkswagen most popular as new vehicle licenses jump 16 per cent

first_imgTHE NUMBER OF new private cars licensed for the first time increased by 16 per cent last month, according to the latest CSO figures.The data reveals Volkswagen as the manufacturer of choice and the only brand to see more than 1,000 vehicles licensed during October. It was followed closely by Ford and then Audi.The CSO noted that the three month transition period for motor tax gapping provided for in the Non-Use of Motor Vehicles Act 2013 ended on 30 September 2013, meaning that any car designated as ‘off the road’ still needs to be tax compliant.The cars licensed when a valid motor disc was issued for the first time would be included in these figures.So far this year, 111,497 vehicles have been licensed in Ireland.The total number of all new vehicles licensed during October 2013 was 4,974 compared with 3,563 during the same month in 2012 – an increase of 39.6 per cent.SIMI: New number plates haven’t helped motor industryMore: Volvo slashes 2,000 jobs worldwidelast_img read more