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Annan: democracy has failed the poor

The spread of democracy through Latin America has failed to significantly help reduce poverty in the region, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Wednesday. “Democracy has still not efficiently responded to the aspirations of the region’s poor,” Annan noted as he inaugurated an international seminar on strengthening Latin American democracy. There have been some advances an infant mortality rate that is nearly half what it was 25 years ago as well as increasing education levels and greater equality for women, he said. “But why the mood of self-doubt?” Full Story

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