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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.

December 5, 2017

Rafael Correa Losing Support in Ecuador’s Ruling Party as 70 Groups Defend President Moreno – PanAm Post

Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa continues to lose support within the Alianza País party, as approximately 70 Citizen’s Revolution Committees came out this week in support of current President Lenin Moreno. The document signed by the committees outlines their rejection of “any illegal and illegitimate act that disrespects and intends to provoke internal ruptures” within the ruling political party. Read more>>

November 30, 2017

Ecuador president: Term limit needed to restore constitution – Associated Press

Ecuador’s president on Wednesday called a nationwide referendum that will include a question asking voters whether they want to revoke a law pushed forward by his predecessor allowing presidents to be indefinitely re-elected. Read more>>

November 29, 2017

Rafael Correa Willing to Testify in Trial against Vice President – Prensa Latina

Former President of Ecuador Rafael Correa expressed his willingness to testify in the trial being held against constitutional Vice President of the Republic Jorge Glas for illicit association in the Odebrecht corruption case. ‘Of course! I will always defend truth and justice,’ posted Correa on his Twitter account after returning to Ecuador, mainly to attend the 7th Convention of the ruling party Movimiento Alianza PAIS, to be held on next December 3rd. Read more>>

November 27, 2017

Correa returns to Ecuador as feud with successor deepens – Associated Press

Former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa returned home Saturday for the first time since leaving office as he gears up for a political fight against his hand-picked successor. A chaotic scene awaited Correa at the arrival terminal of Guayaquil’s airport, where police were called in as dozens of his supporters exchanged insults and even a few blows with a smaller crowd of protesting critics. Read more>>

November 22, 2017

Ecuador’s President Breaks Silence About Meeting With Manafort – Associated Press

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno said Monday that he met with President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman this year together with a group of Chinese businessmen interested in acquiring a stake in the nation’s power company. In a statement, Moreno said the meeting in Quito involved Paul Manafort and representatives of an unidentified Chinese company who proposed to privatize the state-owned National Electric Corp. He said the proposal was rejected because it would have violated Ecuador’s constitution. Read more>>

November 21, 2017

Ecuador’s New President Stikes Out on His Own – Americas Quarterly

As vice president of Ecuador, Lenín Moreno was always a loyal number two to Rafael Correa – able to forge a more conciliatory style than his polarizing mentor, but adroit enough to avoid targeting the president with even implicit criticism. No wonder then that when he termed out earlier this year, Correa anointed Moreno as his replacement ahead of presidential elections last February. Most expected Moreno to be a caretaker who would dutifully step aside to allow Correa’s triumphant return to the Carondelet, the presidential palace in Quito, in 2021. Political miscalculations do not get much bigger than that. Read more>>

November 20, 2017

Correa says Ecuador leader must explain Manafort meeting – Associated Press

Former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa called on his successor Lenin Moreno to explain to his country why he met with the indicted former campaign chairman for U.S. President Donald Trump earlier this year. “If they keep it secret it’s because they are hiding something,” Correa said in an interview Saturday with The Associated Press in Madrid, adding that “political agreements should be out in the daylight.” Read more>>

November 17, 2017

Ecuador drops plan to request exemption from OPEC cut: oil minister – Reuters

Ecuador has abandoned for now a plan to ask OPEC for an exemption from its share of the organization’s oil production cut as crude prices are reacting positively to the group’s measures, the country’s oil minister said on Thursday. Ecuador, one of the smallest producers in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, said last month that it would request an exemption from the joint output cut when the group meets in Vienna later this month. Read more>>

November 16, 2017

Ecuador’s vice president to be tried on bribery charges – United Press International

Vice President of Ecuador Jorge Glas will face trial on bribery charges, the country’s National Court of Justice ruled. Glas is the highest-ranking politician indicted thus far in a widespread scandal involving Odebrecht, a Brazilian construction company. Read more>>

November 15, 2017

Ecuador’s Vice-President Glas to face corruption trial – BBC

A judge in Ecuador has ordered that the country’s Vice-President, Jorge Glas, stand trial over corruption allegations. Mr Glas, who was arrested on 2 October, is the highest-ranking politician to be indicted in the massive Odebrecht corruption scandal. Prosecutors accuse Mr Glas of taking $13.5m (£10.2m) in bribes from the Brazilian construction giant, which he denies. Read more>>

November 9, 2017

Ecuadorian AG Plans to Charge VP with Criminal Conspiracy in Odebrecht Case – Latin American Herald Tribune

The Ecuadorian Attorney General’s Office said on Wednesday it planned to charge Vice President Jorge Glas with criminal conspiracy in connection with the bribery case involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. “An indictment will be issued against 13 people being prosecuted in the criminal conspiracy case,” the AG’s office said in a statement. Read more>>

November 1, 2017

Lenin Moreno’s Removal as Alianza PAIS Leader Rejected – Prensa Latina

Ministers and top public officials who are members of the ruling Alianza PAIS (AP) movement today ignored the decision by the top leadership of the party to remove President Lenin Moreno from his post of chairman of that political organization. Speaking at a press conference at the Carondelet Palace, the ministers, led by Interim Vice-President Maria Alejandra Vicuña and the national secretary of Political Affairs, Miguel Carvajal, ratified their support for the head of State, whom they consider the maximum AP leader. Read more>>