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April 5, 2017

Ruling party candidate declared victor in Ecuador election – Associated Press

Ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno has won Ecuador’s tight presidential election, the head of the country’s National Electoral Council said Tuesday, bucking a trend of right-wing electoral victories in South America after 15 years of leftist domination. Read more>>

April 3, 2017

Thousands take to the streets of Ecuador amid claims of rigged presidential election – Evening Standard

Ecuador was in turmoil on Monday as thousands of protesters took to the streets amid claims of a rigged presidential election. Results showed the socialist former vice-president Lenin Moreno on 51 per cent with 96 per cent of votes counted in yesterday’s second-round run-off. Read more>>

April 3, 2017

Leftist claims win in Ecuador election; rival cries foul – Associated Press

Leftist candidate Lenin Moreno appeared to have won Ecuador’s presidential election but his opposition rival refused to recognize the results, calling on his supporters to take to the streets to guard against fraud. Read more>>

March 31, 2017

Conservative ex-banker vies with Correa ally for Ecuador presidency – Reuters

An ally of leftist President Rafael Correa and a right-wing former bank boss are battling to become Ecuador’s next president in Sunday’s election after a tense and tight campaign in the historically volatile Andean nation. With a sputtering economy the top voter concern, Ecuadoreans will choose between continuing a decade of leftist rule or following several South American nations in shifting towards a more pro-business government as a commodities boom ends. Read more>>

March 28, 2017

A Presidential Candidate Proposes a Tax Change That Would Give Him Millions of Dollars — Should That Be Part of the News? – Huffington Post

It’s day twelve since the story of Ecuadorian Presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso’s bank holdings and possible legal violations first broke. The international media (and largest private Ecuadorian media) is still maintaining its unexplained silence, although by now millions of people in Ecuador have probably heard of it. To be clear, we are not talking about media that is ignoring the presidential election; we are talking about media that is covering this election. Read more>>

March 24, 2017

Media can’t ignore financial scandal in Ecuador’s presidential election – The Hill

As Ecuador heads toward the second round of its presidential election on April 2, a scandal has broken out over the opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso’s financial dealings. The accusations are serious and largely based on public records, with most of it verifiable on websites such as the Panamanian Public Registry and Superintendency of Banks and the Ecuadorean Superintendency of Companies. The newspaper that broke the story was Página/12 of Argentina, with two articles there in the last week by journalist Cynthia Garcia, as well as on her website. Yet, as of this writing, the major international media covering the election, as well as the big privately owned Ecuadorian media, have pretended for a week that the story does not exist. Read more>>

March 22, 2017

Latest PetroEcuador CEO quits, poll in dead heat – Argus Media

Shaken by corruption scandals, state-owned PetroEcuador has appointed a new chief executive, its fifth in the last 24 months. Two of the firm’s former chief executives are in prison and a third fled the country. Corruption at PetroEcuador will be one of the biggest challenges facing the tiny Opec nation´s new government to be elected on 2 April. Two leading polls show a statistical dead heat between government-backed Lenin Moreno and reform-minded rival Guillermo Lasso. Read more>>

March 21, 2017

Lasso in Manta: Moreno “uses the State to attack me and does not have manliness to debate” – Ecuador Times

The candidate of the opposition Guillermo Lasso has expressly referred to the candidate of the government´s party Lenin Moreno as “a puppet,” and has said “that he uses the whole apparatus of the State” to attack him, but that “he has no the manliness to discuss.” Read more>>

March 20, 2017

Amazon land battle pits indigenous villagers against might of Ecuador state – The Guardian

Military drones and police helicopters circle above the Shuar indigenous village of El Tink, an Amazonian community in Ecuador where a high-profile dispute against a Chinese copper mine has become a standoff and a siege. Aerial surveillance is the only way the authorities can monitor this cloud forest enclave because residents have blocked the sole entrance to their home: a bouncing plank-and-cable bridge suspended 15 metres above the brown torrents of the Zamora river. Read more>>

March 17, 2017
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Ecuador Election Tests Correa Legacy – Global Journalist

A presidential run-off in the South American nation of Ecuador is shaping up as a referendum on the decade-long rule of leftist President Rafael Correa. Under Correa the government has used oil revenues to slash poverty, but his ruling PAIS Alliance has been criticized for corruption scandals and a drift towards authoritarianism. Read more>>

March 14, 2017

Odebrecht Mess Leaves Devastation Trail From Andes to Caribbean – Bloomberg

Trucks ascended to Braulio Pucllo’s pasture high in the Andes mountains five months ago and piled dozens of 5-ton steel pipes along a dirt track. Workers from a consortium led by builder Odebrecht told him they would lay them down and weld them together. He hasn’t seen the laborers since. Read more>>

March 13, 2017

Controversial court rulings made during Correa’s government are debated in Miami – Ecuador Times

The book “Judicial decisions that violate human rights in Ecuador: Six case studies” was presented today at the University of Miami (UM) with a debate in which some participants warned of the need to be alert to avoid similar situations in the United States. The book, published in October 2016 by the Inter-American Institute for Democracy and the Inter-American Bar Association, presents six judicial decisions that, according to their authors, highlight the violations of human rights in Ecuador and the lack of Independence of the Judiciary branch. Read more>>