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April 26, 2017

Ecuador Requests European Bank to Freeze Ex-Minister’s Alleged Odebrecht Bribes – PanAm Post

The Ecuadorian prosecutor’s office has asked a European bank to seize and return some USD $325,000 related to alleged corruption by Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction giant. The European bank BPA, located in the principality of Andorra, is the financial institution in which USD $920,000 was deposited in an account held by the former Minister of Electricity, Alecksey Mosquera and USD $80,000 in the name of a businessman identified only as Marcelo E. Read more>>

April 26, 2017

An informer is the owner of a company that paid bribes in Ecuador – Ecuador Times

The Ecuadorian Prosecutor’s Office identified the Klienfeld Consulting Corp as the company responsible for transferring bribes paid by the Odebrecht. This offshore company, based in Panama and represented by Mossack Fonseca, is owned by RicardoTrombeta, one of the informers of the Lava Jato case. But bribes paid to Latin American officials were also made through two other offshore companies based in Antigua and Barbuda. These companies are Constructora Internacional del Sur and Consorcio Iirsa Norte. Those names appear in the file opened by the Paraná Prosecutor’s Office (Brazil) after the Lava Jato operation. 77 executives of Odebrecht are investigated in that city. Read more>>

April 25, 2017
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Correa Ex-Minister First Arrest in Ecuador’s Odebrecht Scandal – PanAm Post

On Saturday, April 22nd, the Ecuadorian justice system ordered a 90-day pre-trial detention for former minister of electricity, Alecksey Mosquera. Alecksey Mosquera is accused of receiving bribes worth USD $1 million from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht for the Toachi-Pilaton dam contract. The former minister is the first Ecuadorian detainee for the case involving the Brazilian construction giant, along with another person identified as Marcelo Endara, who was subject to house arrest due to his advanced age. Read more>>

April 25, 2017

Disrupting the Debate – Committee to Protect Journalists

On July 10, 2016, Ecuadoran journalist Bernardo Abad tweeted that the former vice-president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, had not paid income taxes for the year before. A week later, Abad received a message from Twitter saying his account had been blocked for violating its terms of service. Within 24 hours, at least five others’ accounts were temporarily suspended after they tweeted about Moreno’s taxes. By the end of the week, nine accounts had been temporarily suspended, according to the freedom of expression advocacy group Fundamedios. Twitter declined to comment on the suspensions. Free speech organizations have argued that Ecuador’s disappearing content and suspended accounts are the direct result of a government campaign to censor critical information. Read more>>

April 24, 2017
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‘Media lynching’: Ecuador fines 7 media outlets for not publishing hit piece on opposition candidate – RT News

Following a close presidential runoff in Ecuador, the nation’s media regulator has imposed fines on a total of seven media outlets for failing to publish a story about opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso, who lost by a narrow margin. “It is an act of censorship designed to give the government the role of editor of all media, deciding what to publish or not,”said Cesar Ricaurte, director of the Fundamedios organization that advocates for freedom of the press. Read more>>

April 21, 2017

Ecuador’s Vote Recount Comes Up Short – Bloomberg

Well into Tuesday night, blue-vested electoral officials sitting in plastic deck chairs combed through some 1.3 million disputed paper ballots in a recount that would decide the nation’s next president. The setting: Rumiñahui Coliseum, in Quito, Ecuador, where Latin America’s faltering pink tide still wells and the national script is too important to leave strictly to the vagaries of democratic fair play. Read more>>

April 18, 2017

Lenin Moreno, Elected at the Polls and Ratified after Vote Recounting – Prensa Latina

Lenin Moreno, from the ruling Alianza PAIS Movement, is the president-elect of Ecuador after winning the majority of votes, and after more than 300,000 ballots were recounted. The second round of elections on April 2 certified the victory of the former vice president, who won 51.15 percent of votes, while his rival, the ex-banker and leader of the CREO-SUMA coalition, Guillermo Lasso, got 48.85 percent. Read more>>

April 14, 2017

Ecuadoreans Have the Right to a Recount – New York Times

The people — hundreds and thousands of them — took to the streets to peacefully demand a recount of the votes. Many Ecuadoreans simply did not believe the announcement of the results of the April 2 election, which gave the victory to the ruling party’s candidate, Lenin Moreno, with 51.15 percent of the vote, and said Guillermo Lasso, the Creo-Suma party candidate, received 48.85 percent. Ecuadoreans need to clear up any doubts about what happened the day of the runoff presidential election. Read more>>

April 13, 2017

Ecuador’s opposition calls for full recount of presidential votes – Financial Times

It ain’t over till it’s over, so they say. In Ecuador, that may apply to conservative candidate Guillermo Lasso, who continues challenging the result of the presidential runoff held on April 2. On Wednesday he filed a complaint with Ecuador’s electoral council demanding a full recount of the votes, which is legal. Read more>>

April 11, 2017

Opinion: Ecuador’s Dubious Election – The Wall Street Journal

The special-operations unit of the Ecuadorean national police raided the Quito office of polling firm Cedatos on Friday, hauling away computers and documents and arresting two employees. The company is one of the country’s oldest and most reputable independent pollsters. But it’s in trouble with President Rafael Correa, because in the April 2 runoff presidential election its exit poll gave opposition-party candidate Guillermo Lasso 53% of the vote and Mr. Correa’s handpicked candidate Lenín Moreno only 47%. Read more>>

April 6, 2017

Protesters in Ecuador Demand Recount, Warn of Socialist “Dictatorship” – PanAm Post

Following the announcement of the presidential victory of the ruling party’s candidate, Lenin Moreno, the Ecuadorian opposition have protested against the results due to an alleged “electoral fraud.” Thousands of citizens, mostly supporters of the Movimiento CREO, have gathered outside the National Electoral Council (CNE), and have remained there since Sunday night, April 2. However, on Tuesday, April 4th, the number of demonstrators increased after the ruling party candidate’s victory was announced. Read more>>

April 6, 2017

Ecuador National Electoral Council Says Vote Results Are Irreversible – The Wall Street Journal

Ecuador’s national electoral council said Tuesday that the results of the country’s presidential vote are irreversible, giving ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno the victory. Juan Pablo Pozo, the president of the electoral council, said Mr. Moreno received 51.2% of the votes compared with 48.8% for conservative ex-banker Guillermo Lasso, with almost all the ballots counted. Pressure on Mr. Lasso, who has claimed fraud, came from unexpected quarters, with conservative politicians saying he needs to provide real evidence of wrongdoing. Read more>>