MONTEVIDEO – The emergence of new leftist parties in Europe, such as Spain’s Podemos, is the result of “an abdication on the part of social democrats,” Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica said in an interview published Thursday in La Diaria newspaper.
The traditional European left “is not providing answers,” Mujica said. “I am not opposed to Podemos. Yes, those young guys came to visit me.”
Mujica said he hoped his Broad Front coalition in Uruguay will not go down the same road as the traditional European parties.
The Broad Front, he said, “is a unique organization because it comprises many different views and the main issues are resolved internally.”
By operating in that way, the coalition has achieved “a very rare thing,” becoming “partly opposition and partly government,” Mujica said.
“Mujica has told us that ethics are fundamental in politics and that the leaders must resemble citizens. Mujica is an example of that,” Podemos chief Pablo Iglesias said last October after a meeting in Montevideo with the Uruguayan president.
“Some say he (Mujica) is poor, austere. We say he is normal, he is just like any other citizen,” the Podemos leader said.
“Latin America has demonstrated it is possible to govern in a different way and to democratize the economy, to be on the side of social majorities and not aligned with the financial powers and global oligarchies,” Iglesias said last year in Uruguay.