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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 22, 2017

Court paves way to lawmakers dismissing jailed VP – Agence France-Presse

Ecuador’s Constitutional Court on Thursday gave lawmakers authority to start proceedings aimed at dismissing Vice President Jorge Glas — in prison for graft — from office. The court’s judges gave unanimous backing to the National Assembly to go ahead with the procedure. Read more>>

December 15, 2017

Ecuador court sentences VP to six years in jail in Odebrecht graft case – Reuters

An Ecuadorean court on Wednesday sentenced Vice President Jorge Glas to six years in jail after finding him guilty of receiving bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht in return for handing the scandal-ridden firm state contracts. Read more>>

December 14, 2017

Ecuador’s Vice President Found Guilty in Odebrecht Corruption Case – Bloomberg

Ecuador’s Vice President Jorge Glas was found guilty by a three-judge panel at Ecuador’s top court Wednesday of “illicit association” related to a sweeping corruption probe involving Brazilian firm Odebrecht. The National Court ruled that Glas leveraged his time as a cabinet minister and later as vice president to allow subordinates to collect bribes from Odebrecht in exchange for major public works and construction contracts. Read more>>

December 13, 2017

Indigenous Leaders Meet with President Moreno in Quito – teleSUR

The main demands brought forth by indigenous organizations are a cease in mining concessions and protecting water resources. Read more>>

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>>