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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.

August 10, 2018

Correa is expelled from the Movement “Acuerdo Nacional” – Ecuador Times

The Ecuadorian Movement “Acuerdo Nacional” (MANA) today staged the symbolic expulsion from its ranks of former President Rafael Correa, and a group of hierarchs related to him, to “clean” them for their registration as a party.

August 8, 2018

Lenin Moreno says that “apparently” there was a tacit agreement of Correa with drug trafficking – Ecuador Times

President Lenin Moreno has told the Colombian chain Caracol that “in the previous government there seems to have been a tacit agreement to allow narcotics to move freely in the north of Ecuador.” Has added; “It is something that hurts us greatly, because when I gave orders not to let a single gram of cocaine pass through our territory, these violent acts immediately followed.” Read more>>

August 7, 2018

Reports: Kidnappers Of Killed Ecuadorean Journalists Arrested – teleSUR

From the authorities reports, “Roberto” would have been the person who intercepted the three members of the journalist team in the rural community of Mataje, in Ecuador. The Unified Action Groups for Personal Freedom (Gaula), a specialized Colombian police force, captured Monday the person accused of being the alleged kidnapper of the Ecuadorian El Comercio journalist team. He is known as “Roberto,” and is a member of the Oliver Sinisterra Front an illegal armed group that kidnapped and killed the journalist team. Read more>>

August 1, 2018

Ecuador: Court Denies Appeal of Former Vice President Glas, Further Weakening Correa – PanAm Post

The National Court of Justice of Ecuador has denied the appeal of former vice president, and close Rafael Correa ally, Jorge Glas, who was forced from office in disgrace, and now is serving lengthy prison sentence. Glas served under former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, and was reelected vice president under Lenin Moreno, but was soon ensnared in the Odebrecht case. Read more>>

July 31, 2018
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PetroEcuador In-House Lawyer Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Money Laundering – Law.com

U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams in Miami has sentenced Marcelo Reyes Lopez, an in-house lawyer for PetroEcuador, to 53 months in prison for laundering bribe money. PetroEcuador is the state-owned oil company in the South American country. Reyes Lopez could have faced up to 20 years in prison, but he reached a plea deal with prosecutors in April and is cooperating with investigators. On July 23 Williams also ordered him to pay a $30,000 fine and to forfeit six properties he owned in South Florida valued at more than $4 million, which was part of his plea deal. Read more>>

July 27, 2018

I’ve never been in favour of Wikileaks’ activities, says Ecuador president – Reuters

Ecuador’s president, signalling his government’s desire to end the long sojourn of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in its London embassy, said on Friday he had never supported Assange’s leaking activities. President Lenin Moreno confirmed a July 15 report in London’s Sunday Times that Ecuador and Britain were in talks to try to end Assange’s stay at the embassy where he successfully sought asylum in 2012. Read more>>

July 25, 2018

Stalemate over WikiLeaks Assange’s future ‘coming to a head’: source – Reuters

The diplomatic impasse over Julian Assange’s six-year stay in Ecuador’s London embassy is coming to a head, a source close to the WikiLeaks founder said on Monday, after media reports the South American country would rescind his political asylum. Assange has been living in Ecuador’s London embassy since June 2012 when he successfully sought asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning about allegations of sex crimes which he has always denied. Read more>>

July 23, 2018

Ecuador’s ex-president seeks protection from arrest order – Associated Press

Ex-President Rafael Correa asked for international protection Friday after an Ecuadorean judge ordered that he be jailed for missing a court date, even though the former leader is living in Europe. Correa appealed to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for protection, saying he is in grave danger from the criminal prosecution. While in power, he denounced the commission as being illegitimate. Read more>>

July 19, 2018

Ecuador: Electoral Officials Purged for Being ‘Close’ to Rafael Correa – teleSUR

Ecuador’s temporary Council for Citizen Participation argued electoral authorities were “close” to former president Rafael Correa. Ecuador’s temporary Council for Citizen Participation and Social Control (CPCCS) voted Tuesday to remove all authorities of the National Electoral Council citing self-identification inconsistencies, lack of pertinent degrees, and sympathy towards former President Rafael Correa. Read more>>

July 18, 2018

Ecuador: Ex-President Rafael Correa Now Implicated in an Assassination Plot – PanAm Post

Ecuador has been rocked by new allegations involving the case of Ecuadorian legislator Fernando Balda. Originally, the legal matter involved allegations that ex-president Rafael Correa was involved in an attempted kidnapping of Balda, but new evidence suggests that Correa’s ultimate objective was to assassinate the opposition politician. Read more>>

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>>