Scraping the barrel Will Ecuador turn into Latin America’s Greece? – The Economist

July 31, 2015 • Ecuador Political News

But now Mr Correa is running out of money and the citizens are starting to turn against him. In June, in the biggest of many protests, some 350,000 people took to the streets of the port city of Guayaquil to demonstrate against plans to impose punitive additional taxes on inheritances and gains from property transactions. Read more>>

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chevronecuadorScraping the barrel Will Ecuador turn into Latin America’s Greece? – The Economist

Ecuador’s Opposition Planning National Strike – teleSUR

July 14, 2015 • Ecuador Political News

Opposition leaders are meeting to discuss the future actions they will take against the government of President Rafael Correa. The National United Collective of Workers, Indigenous and Social Organizations, known as Cedocut, have met to evaluate the marches of the past month, review common demands and set the date for a national strike. Read more>>

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The Pope’s Visit Won’t Cure Ecuador – Bloomberg

July 8, 2015 • Ecuador Political News

No one has ever accused Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa of modesty. In his welcome to Pope Francis, who arrived in Quito on Sunday to begin a weeklong, three-country visit of the region, the Andean strongman didn’t disappoint. Correa acknowledged that “the pope is Argentine” and “God is probably Brazilian,” but added, playfully, that “Paradise surely is Ecuadorean.” His political opponents might be forgiven for failing to see the humor. Read more>>

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Calls to Oust Ecuador’s President Flare Before Visit by the Pope – New York Times

July 6, 2015 • Ecuador Political News

Protesters calling for the ouster of President Rafael Correa have filled the streets of Ecuador’s largest cities in recent weeks in some of the largest antigovernment demonstrations here in years, creating tensions on the eve of a visit by Pope Francis. Read more>>

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chevronecuadorCalls to Oust Ecuador’s President Flare Before Visit by the Pope – New York Times

Ecuador’s Head of Police Steps Down Amid Corruption Probe – teleSUR

July 6, 2015 • Ecuador Political News

The Ecuadorean Interior Minister Jose Serrano announced Friday that the head of the national police force had stepped down. Police Commander Fausto Tamayo was appointed on October 1, 2014. His resignation follows the announcement of an investigation into possible corruption in the Ecuadorean national police force. Read more>>

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Ecuador’s Correa Wants to Co-Opt Pope Francis – Wall Street Journal

July 6, 2015 • Ecuador Political News

Pope Francis’ journey to Ecuador, which kicks off on Monday, “is to cultivate the virtues of the people and not to politicize his presence,” Quito Archbishop Fausto Trávez said late last week in public remarks. Good luck with that. President Rafael Correa has spent weeks appropriating the pope as his government’s very own 21st century socialist icon. So unless the Holy Father finds a way to signal Ecuadoreans otherwise, the visit is likely to leave the impression that the church is in solidarity with the repressive Correa machine. Read more>>

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