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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, 2018

Ecuadorian protesters scream “persecution” of former ex-president Rafael Correa – Council on Hemispheric Affairs

On July 2, former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa failed to appear at the National Court of Justice in Quito, where he was summoned last month by Judge Daniella Camacho. The purpose of the meeting was to proceed with the case regarding Correa’s involvement in the alleged failed intent of kidnapping of lawmaker and public rival Fernando Balda, in Bogotá, back in 2012. Due to the former Ecuadorian leader’s absence, Camacho decided to order his arrest and extradition with the help of Interpol and demanded that Correa return to his native country for the proceedings. Read more>>

July 10, 2018

“Former president Correa should come to Ecuador,” says Lenin Moreno – Andes

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said Thursday that former president Rafael Correa (2007-2017) should come to Ecuador to face the legal process he has been included in for an alleged 2012 kidnap of former lawmaker Fernando Balda. Read more>>

July 4, 2018

Ecuador Judge Wants Ex-President Extradited in Kidnapping Probe – Bloomberg

A judge ordered the pre-trial detention of Rafael Correa after the former Ecuadorian president failed to appear before court on allegations he ordered the kidnapping of a political opponent. Correa, who governed Ecuador for a record consecutive 10 years, now risks arrest and extradition to his home country from Belgium, where he moved a year ago with his Belgian wife and children. Read more>>

July 3, 2018

Ecuador’s ex-President Correa Complies With Judge’s Request, Reports to Belgian Consulate Due to ‘Balda Case’ – teleSUR

Former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa complied with a Judge’s request for him to report to his country’s consulate in Belgium under the preventive measures imposed against him due to his alleged involvement in a kidnapping attempted on opposition lawmaker Fernando Balda in 2012. Read more>>

June 28, 2018

Bodies of Members of Ecuadorian Press Team Repatriated from Colombia – Latin American Herald Tribune

The bodies of three employees of Ecuadorian newspaper El Comercio who were kidnapped and killed by dissident members of the now-disbanded Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group were transported Wednesday to their homeland. Read more>>

June 26, 2018

Governments confirm that bodies found in Colombian jungle belong to abducted Ecuadoran journalists – Journalism in the Americas

The Colombian and Ecuadoran governments confirmed that three bodies found in Tumaco, Colombia belong to the El Comercio reporting team that was abducted on March 26 while reporting in the border region. Read more>>

June 25, 2018

Ecuador: Ex-President Rafael Correa Could End up in Prison for Kidnapping – PanAm Post

Beginning July 2, the former president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, must appear every fifteen days before the Supreme Court of Justice, as part of the precautionary measures that were approved on Monday by a criminal judge, after he was implicated in a scandal involving the kidnapping of ex-ambassador Fernando Balda. Read more>>

June 11, 2018

Ecuador’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Francisco Carrión Mena? – All Gov

Francisco Carrión Mena, who had left his country’s Foreign Service in 2011, was appointed in December 2017 to be Ecuador’s ambassador to the United States. Carrión was born April 8, 1953, in Quito, Ecuador. He earned a bachelor’s degree in public and social sciences from Central University of Ecuador in 1974 and a Ph.D. in international sciences in 1978 from the same institution.

June 8, 2018

Latin America widens trade relations in the time of Trump – Latin Finance

In April, during the Summit of the Americas in Peru, US Vice President Mike Pence made a show of the United States’ commitment to open trade with Latin America. In meetings with four leaders in the region — Mauricio Macri from Argentina, Sebastián Piñera from Chile, Juan Manuel Santos from Colombia and Martín Vizcarra from Peru — Pence possibly tried to walk back some of the bellicose trade rhetoric from President Donald Trump

June 7, 2018

Ecuador Foreign Minister to Be First Latina President of UN General Assembly – Latin American Herald

Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa was elected on Tuesday to be the next president of the United Nations General Assembly, thus becoming the first Latin American female to occupy the post. Espinosa, who will be the fourth woman to head the Assembly in the 73 years since it was founded, clearly bested the other candidate, Honduran Ambassador to the UN Mary Elizabeth Flores.

May 1, 2018

Border Crisis Forces Ecuadorean Interior and Defense Ministers to Resign – Latin American Herald Tribune

Ecuador’s Defense Minister Patricio Zambrano and Interior Minister Cesar Navas presented their resignations to President Lenin Moreno due to the crumbling of security on the Colombian border, the government said on Friday. The announcement was made by Communications Secretary Andres Michelena, who has lately been the most visible spokesperson of the Ecuadorean government. Read more>>

April 27, 2018

Ecuador Signs Security Deal with US, Military Presence Expected – teleSUR

Detractors fear these actions will generate more violence, affecting people living in the northern provinces of Ecuador. Ecuador signed Wednesday a cooperation agreement with the United States to fight transnational organized crime and drug trafficking. The agreement, signed by Ecuadorean Interior Minister Cesar Navas and U.S. ambassador Todd Chapman, will support the creation of an Office for Investigating Transnational Criminals. On the same day Chapman told El Telegrafo the U.S. is waiting for an “official request” by the Ecuadorean government for the return of a U.S. military team in charge of cooperation in security that was expelled from the country in 2014. Read more>>