Jaime Bayly reported last night that Evo Morales had hidden beneath a table during the 'desmadre', but the Bolivian President later appeared before gathered reporters in order to deliver further jibes at his Colombian counterpart's expense...from a safe distance: "Uribe sólo llega a la foto y al almuerzo."
In case you hadn't noticed, the quality of leadership across Latin America is patchy at best, and while activities such as setting up regional clubs which exclude the gringos or standing firm beside Argentina against Britain's imperialist Queen, do indeed deliver telegenic moments of apparent camaraderie, the truth is that they are usually so glad to get away from issues of legitimacy back home, that the release of tension will often manifest itself as fraternal strife at these kind of diplomatic junkets.
Anyway, here's my handy guide to the region's Presidents and Prime Ministers, which reflects my subjective opinion on their qualities as both politicians and human beings:
|Chile||Bachelet / Piñera||Good Blokette / Jury’s out|
|Uruguay||Vázquez /Mujica ||Good Bloke, but looks like a plastic surgeon / Good Bloke |
|Paraguay||Lugo||Baboso - aka "El cura braguetero" |
|F. Guiana||Sarkozy...en effet ||Bon Oeuf|
|Costa Rica||Chinchilla||Potential Good Blokette|
|Nicaragua||Ortega||Once a Baboso, always..? |
|El Salvador||Funes||Potential Baboso|
|Dom. Republic||Fernández||Borderline Baboso |
Update: Attentive readers may have spotted that I accidentally left Raul Castro and Felipe Calderón out of this table, class-act babosos both. (Most of Mexico is in North America however.) Meanwhile Guatemala's former patán-in-chief Alfonso Portillo has elected to pull a sickie in order to avoid extradition to the US.