JUAN CARLOS I OF LATIN AMERICA

In a popularity survey of regional and international leaders, King Juan Carlos got top marks in Latin America – even in Venezuela, despite having told Venezuela President Hugo Chavez to shut up at a summit in Chile last November. The King is also more popular in Spain than Prime Minister Zapatero. The most popular Latin American leader in his own country is Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, thanks to the spectacular rescue two weeks ago of former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and 14 others who had been kidnapped by the Farc narco-terrorist group and held for several years. Paradoxically, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is more popular in Paraguay than her own country. The least popular Latin American leader is Hugo Chavez and nobody, but nobody, in Spain or Latin America likes George W Bush.

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