Various political leaders and academics across the world paid tribute to President Rafael Correa in a video broadcasted by the Citizens' Revolution Monday, as the Ecuadorean leader is about to officially leave office Wednesday.
Former president of Uruguay Jose “Pepe” Mujica said, “I have no doubt that Correa will be remembered in 20-25 years, remaining one of the most prominent figures in Ecuadorean history.”
Gustavo Petro, mayor of Bogota and former guerrilla said Correa was a “central actor of Ecuador's wonder,” referring to the extraordinary achievements he implemented at the economic level.
Pablo Iglesias, leader of the Spanish Podemos party praised Correa as “an example of common sense, an example that we can do politics in another fashion.”
Yanis Varoufakis, Greece's former finance minister for the leftist party Syriza, said that in Europe, Correa was seen without a doubt as a hero of progressivism.
Sociologist Carol Murillo said, "Rafael Correa is a political phenomenon that embodies everything that the Citizens' Revolution has been, is and can be."
Jeffrey Sachs, a renowned economist, said that Correa "is trying to fight for a model of economic and social justice.”
“His ideology is flexible, he understands how today's world is, as well as the necessity of having strong beliefs,” said Rocco Buttiglione, an Italian academic and member of the Union of the Christian and Center Democratic Party.
Executive Secretary of CEPAL Alicia Barcena paid tribute to the leader's honesty in what he has proposed and what he has carried out.
Jean-Luc Melenchon of the French Unbowed party also recalled that Correa's idea of a “Citizen Revolution” inspired a large part of his program, meant to reform democratic institutions in a bid to put citizens' rights first.
Correa is set to leave office on May 24 with a 62 percent approval rating, El Telegrafo reported Thursday, citing new findings from a survey conducted by Public Opinion Ecuador.
The outgoing head of state, who took office in 2007 representing the leftist Alianza Pais party, is considered to be one of Ecuador’s most popular presidents. In 2014, his approval rating peaked at 83 percent.
Since 2007, Correa’s Alianza Pais party has presided over Ecuador’s Citizens’ Revolution, a mass movement that has empowered workers, Afro-Ecuadoreans, Indigenous groups and the LGBTI community.
His administration has not only doubled the country’s minimum wage. It has also lifted over 1 million people out of poverty, doubled spending on healthcare and education, established sources of clean energy and slashed unemployment to 4.3 percent as of last year.