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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.

October 9, 2017

Ecuador Judge Delays Review of VP Glas Pre-Trial Detention – teleSUR

The procedure was suspended due to other “business inherent to the activities” of Judge Miguel Jurado according to the court. Ecuador’s National Court of Justice delayed the hearing requested by the lawyer of Vice President Jorge Glas to present an alternative measure to his preventive detention since the investigation on alleged corruption charges is still pending. Read more>>

October 6, 2017

Ecuador’s President Names Woman Minister Second in Command as Previous VP Sits in Jail on Corruption Charges – PanAm Post

President Lenin Moreno has appointed a new Vice President of Ecuador after Jorge Glas was put in preventative custody for his alleged involvement in a bribe scandal with the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. The new Vice President, though temporary, will be María Alejandra Vicuña, the current Minister of Urban Development and Housing. Read more>>

October 2, 2017

Ecuador Judge Orders Arrest of vice president in Odebrecht probe – Reuters

An Ecuadorean judge on Monday ordered pre-trial detention for Vice President Jorge Glas as part of an investigation into Brazilian construction company Odebrecht’s corruption scandal. Glas, a 48-year-old electrical engineer, has been accused by senior members of the government of former President Rafael Correa of corruption while serving as a minister and vice president during seven years of Correa’s government. Read more>>

September 18, 2017

Ecuador president accuses predecessor of planting spy camera – Associated Press

Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno angrily denounced his predecessor on Friday for planting a hidden video camera in his office so that he could spy on him remotely. “Shocked and furious,” Moreno wrote in a message on Twitter to denounce the discovery of the device, which he said violated his privacy. Later in a televised appearance from Guayaquil he said the camera had been monitored remotely by former President Rafael Correa on his cellphone. He did not explain or provide any evidence to back the accusation. Read more>>

September 15, 2017
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Politicians worldwide suspected as bribery scandal unfolds – BBC World News

It is the corruption probe that has left politicians around the world looking over their shoulders. Prosecutors in a dozen countries are untangling a massive web of corruption that ran across a continent and further afield. Illegal payments may have sloshed through presidential campaigns, boosted the careers of political top brass in country after country, and oiled the wheels of worldwide construction projects including motorways, gas pipelines and hydroelectric dams. Read more>>

September 13, 2017

Moreno: “We have been victims of several decades of corruption.” – Ecuador Times

President Lenin Moreno referred in his weekly address once again to the fight against corrupt practices and said that “we have been victims of several decades of corruption.” “Fellow citizens let´s hold our stance against the scourge of corruption. We have been subjected to several decades of corruption. We hope that both the National Audit Office and the Prosecutor´s Office fully comply their duties,” said the president. Read more>>

September 12, 2017

The Uncle of the Vice President had privileged information of those interested in investing in the country – Ecuador Times

A private letter sent by the Vea Group to Vice President Jorge Glas Espinel showing interest in participating in the Fruta del Norte mining project was found in the computer of Glas’s uncle, Ricardo Rivera. This documentation is a vital part of the investigation conducted by the Attorney General’s Office for an alleged illegal association in the corruption network the Brazilian company Odebrecht wove in Ecuador. Read more>>

September 8, 2017

Ecuador’s Vice President Begins Legal Defense in Odebrecht Corruption Case – PanAm Post

On Thursday, September 7, Eduardo Franco Loor, lawyer for the vice president of Ecuador, Jorge Glas, went to the Attorney General’s Office to begin legal representation for his client linked to the Odebrecht case. “We have initiated the legal-technical defense, maintaining [Glas’s] total innocence since he has not committed any crime, and there is no evidence. The elements of conviction with respect to the charges will not hold up, because they are simple suspicions or conjectures that are not related to what should really be the criminal presumptions,” said Franco. Read more>>

September 6, 2017

The first 100 days of Lenin Moreno’s government: Fewer attacks on free expression but no progress on reforms – IFEX

The first 100 days of the administration of Lenin Moreno promised changes, not only with the call for open dialogue, …

September 5, 2017

Former Ecuador President Correa Goes to Bat for VP Linked to Odebrecht Corruption – PanAm Post

Former President of Ecuador Rafael Correa posted a video on Facebook saying he would defend President Jorge Glas — his former Vice President — against any claims of alleged involvement in the Odebrecht corruption case. “It’s a good idea,” he argued, and claimed that Glas is an “honest man.” Last month, Glas asked the Alliance PAIS political coalition to lift his immunity because has done nothing wrong and therefore has nothing to fear. Read more>>

August 30, 2017

Ecuador Court Bars VP from Leaving Country – Latin American Herald Tribune

The Ecuadorian National Court of Justice barred Vice President Jorge Glas on Tuesday from leaving the country because he, along with other suspects, is being subjected to a formal investigatory hearing related to the Odebrecht corruption case, the Attorney General’s Office said. The travel prohibition was imposed “taking into consideration that, during the development of the pretrial and trial phase, (Glas) has attended all the hearings held by the Attorney General’s Office.” Read more>>

August 29, 2017

Ecuador’s Vice-President Jorge Glas faces corruption charges – The Globe and Mail

Ecuador’s Vice-President has been stripped of his duties and will face investigation on corruption charges, the highest-profile target yet in a simmering scandal that threatens political stability at a critical time for the country. Jorge Glas stands accused of taking bribes to facilitate Ecuadoran infrastructure contracts for the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht S.A. He maintains his innocence. Read more>>