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Read the latest political news out of Ecuador including new and ongoing issues, the political system, and the president of Ecuador Rafael Correa.

July 17, 2019

Ecuador: Roads Blocked, Media Silence as National Strikes Hits 2nd Day – teleSUR

As the national strike called for this week in Ecuador, by social and political organizations, enters its second day Tuesday, major roads were blocked and manifestations were reported all across the country including the country’s capital, Quito.

July 16, 2019

Ecuador: Workers, Farmers Launch National Strike Against Moreno’s Gov’t – teleSUR

Ecuador’s National Campesino Movement (Fecaol) and workers’ unions have launched a five-day national strike Monday to protest President Lenin Moreno’s neoliberal government, as massive manifestations in the country’s capital and major cities are expected on Tuesday.

July 15, 2019

Petroecuador ‘a seven-headed monster’ – BNAmericas

“There are many problems, it [Ecuador’s state oil company Petroecuador] is a monster with seven heads, and I am aware that we have not finished cleaning up the corruption inside it yet,” according to energy and non-renewable natural resources minister Carlos Pérez.

July 3, 2019

Ecuador sends police, army to crack down on big illegal mine – Associated Press

Ecuador’s government sent about 2,400 police officers and soldiers Tuesday to crack down on a major illegal gold mine that …

July 2, 2019

Adviser Can’t Nix Laundering Claim In Ecuador Bribery Case – Law360

A financial adviser must face a money laundering charge in the U.S. government’s case accusing him of funneling $3.2 million …

July 1, 2019

Former Minister Pedro Merizalde received money from Odebrecht – Ecuador Times

Former Hydrocarbons Minister Pedro Merizalde Pavón has kept a secret for six years: an offshore company of his kept an …

June 26, 2019

Feds Say Tapes Must Stay In Ecuador Oil Bribery Case – Law360

Federal prosecutors argued Tuesday that recordings of a financial adviser cannot be kept out of his bribery and money laundering …

April 19, 2019

Assange’s Exit Buys Ecuador Goodwill But No Deliverance – Bloomberg

To sympathizers and celebrity boosters, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose extended furlough inside the Ecuadoran embassy in London ended in handcuffs last week, is a legend and a maligned whistleblower.

March 5, 2019

Post-IMF Deal, Ecuador Fires 10,000 Public Officials in 3 Days – teleSUR

Nearly 10,000 public officials were fired by Ecuadorean government right after President Lenin Moreno signed an IMF deal. From Feb. 27 to Mar. 1, nearly 10 thousand government employees were fired according to local media reports. This came after the Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno signed a deal of US$4.2 billion with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Feb. 20.

February 28, 2019

President Lenin Moreno denies having any accounts or offshore companies – Ecuador Times

The President of the Republic Lenin Moreno denied having accounts or offshore companies on his behalf, relatives, friends or acquaintances and denied the purchase of an apartment in Europe, in his message to the nation on the night of Tuesday, February 26, 2019, after the rumors that circulated in social networks in recent days.

February 27, 2019

Report concludes that there was political persecution in Correa’s government – Ecuador Times

The Bureau for Truth and Justice, formed to collect cases of political persecution of the regime of former President Rafael Correa, concluded that the former president and officials of that government used justice to persecute opponents and criminalize social protest.

February 27, 2019

After Correa, Ecuador’s Moreno Is Struggling to Offer His Own Vision – America’s Quarterly

Last week, nearing the completion of his second year as Ecuador’s president, Lenín Moreno used the announcement of a $4.2 billion IMF deal (in addition to a $6 billion package from multilateral lenders, including the World Bank) to proudly emphasize what he considered the greatest achievement of his presidency to date: “Thanks to the firm decisions I have made, we are not what Venezuela is today … We have recovered democracy,” Moreno said in a televised address.