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Briefly democracy is a matter of degree and quality Confusion often arises in discussion about democracy This stems from the different premises people have in mind when they use the term In my opinion most people fail to specify their underlying premises and we often incorporate into our sense of democracy disparate factors that may or may not relate to it To avoid such confusion we must identify the key ideas central to democracy and clarify precisely how the term will be used The best way to study democracy is to learn the other countries so in this time I choose one of Latin American countries Ecuador for well-understanding of the process of democracy Ecuador is graphically one of the worlds most varied countries despite its small size which at 283520 sq km is about the size of either New Zealand or Nevada State Ecuador staddles the equator on the Pacific coast of South America and is bordered by only two countries Colombia to the north and Peru to the south and east The estimated population of Ecuador in 1991 was 1080000 This is approximately 10 times the number of Indian estimated to have been living in the area at the time of the Spanish conquest The population density of about 38 people per sq km is the highest of any South American nation Like other Latin American countries the major religion is Roman Catholicism Some of the older cities have splendid 16th and 17th-century Catholic churches Although churches of other faiths can found they form only a very small minority The Indians while outwardly Roman Catholic tend to blend Catholicism with their traditional beliefs In Ecuador Spanish is the main language Most Indians are bilingual with Quechua being their preferred language and Spanish their second tongue Ecuador that is the
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