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Briefly democracy is a matter of degree and quality Confusion often arisesin discussion about democracy This stems from the different premises peoplehave in mind when they use the term In my opinion most people fail to specifytheir underlying premises and we often incorporate into our sense of democracydisparate factors that may or may not relate to it To avoid such confusionwe must identify the key ideas central to democracy and clarify preciselyhow the term will be used The best way to study democracy is to learn theother countries so in this time I choose one of Latin American countriesEcuador for well-understanding of the process of democracyEcuador is graphically one of the worlds most varied countries despite itssmall size which at 283520 sq km is about the size of either New Zealandor Nevada State Ecuador staddles the equator on the Pacific coast of SouthAmerica and is bordered by only two countries Colombia to the north andPeru to the south and eastThe estimated population of Ecuador in 1991 was 1080000 This is approximately10 times the number of Indian estimated to have been living in the area atthe time of the Spanish conquest The population density of about 38 peopleper sq km is the highest of any South American nationLike other Latin American countries the major religion is Roman CatholicismSome of the older cities have splendid 16th and 17th-century Catholic churchesAlthough churches of other faiths can found they form only a very smallminority The Indians while outwardly Roman Catholic tend to blend Catholicismwith their traditional beliefs In Ecuador Spanish is the main languageMost Indians are bilingual with Quechua being their preferred language andSpanish their second tongueEcuador that is the smallest of the Andean countries is a republic witha democratic government headed by a president The first constitution waswritten in 1830 but has had several changes since then the most recentin 1978 Democratically elected governments have regularly been toppled bycoups often led by the military Since 1979 however all
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