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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.

February 15, 2018

Ecuador even sold the oil it did not have in 2016 – Ecuador Times

In the last presale signed by Petroecuador with Petrotailandia, the previous government promised to deliver crude oil that it did not have. That contract raised oil delivery commitments during 2017 to 123.9 million barrels, despite the fact that the country only had 111 million available for export. The agreement with the Thai company was signed on December 1, 2016, by the then manager of Petroecuador, Pedro Merizalde, who is currently investigated by the Prosecutor’s Office, of course, money laundering. Read more>>

February 13, 2018

Dinosaurs, Clinging to Power in Latin America – Splinter

In Latin America there are a group of presidents — political dinosaurs — who have stuck around for a long time because they refuse to give up power. They consider themselves indispensable, yet have no idea how much damage they’re doing to democracy and their respective nations. In Ecuador, President Rafael Correa was in power from 2007 to 2017, but he wanted more. He was already setting himself up to run again in 2021, but in a recent referendum, almost two-thirds of voters in Ecuador said no to Correa, and yes to presidential term limits. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if Correa made another attempt to return to the presidency, whether by hook or by crook. I interviewed Correa years ago, and he refused to call Cuba’s Fidel Castro a dictator. This is a trait shared by many of these rulers who consider themselves irreplaceable. They seem to think: “If Fidel stayed in power forever, why shouldn’t I?” Read more>>

February 12, 2018

Despite Win, Ecuador’s President in a Tough Spot After Referendum – teleSUR

After Ecuadoreans voted favorably in the Feb. 4 seven-question popular referendum, the victory of the “yes” side has been claimed by many, putting Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno in a difficult situation. The focus has largey been on the fact that the people of Ecuador voted to limit re-election, preventing former president Rafael Correa from running again, a victory that banker and politician Guillermo Lasso has claimed for himself and for the “citizens in the streets since 2014.” Read more>>

February 9, 2018

USA congratulates Ecuador for the consultation and calls to work with Moreno – Ecuador Times

The United States Government today congratulated the people of Ecuador for their participation in the consultation on Sunday and was willing to continue working with its president, Lenin Moreno, to “promote common interests.” “We hope to continue working with President Lenin Moreno and his Government to promote common interests in a wide range of issues such as education, trade, security, the environment and disaster preparedness,” the State Department said in a statement. Read more>>

February 8, 2018

Ecuador after the Referendum – La Prensa Latina

What will happen in Ecuador after the popular consultation and referendum recently approved by the majority to reform the Constitution? It is a recurrent question today by local citizens. In the voting, held on February 4, 67 percent of citizens favored the proposals promoted by President Lenin Moreno, contained in seven questions, while 33 percent rejected them. The battle was waged between Moreno’s supporters (State ministers and 36 political parties) and the followers of former President Rafael Correa, who founded his own party, the Citizen’s Revolution, after a mass withdrawal of members from the ruling Alianza PAIS Movement. Read more>>

February 7, 2018

Ecuador bucks the authoritarian trend – The Washington Post

Rafael Correa, like Vladi­mir Putin, Hugo Chávez and other authoritarian rulers, found himself stymied by term limits. So in 2015, the Ecuadoran president persuaded his legislature to lift a ceiling of two presidential terms by promising not to run in 2017. His idea was to install a follower for four years and then return to power, as Mr. Putin once did. Then, on Sunday, came a much-deserved comeuppance: Ecuadoran voters, prompted by Mr. Correa’s own successor, voted overwhelmingly to restore a two-term presidential limit, thus blocking the planned second act. It was a victory for democracy not just in Ecuador but also in a region where numerous rulers have sought to entrench themselves in power. Read more>>

February 4, 2018

Ecuadoreans back limits on presidential re-election in blow to Correa – Reuters

Ecuadoreans on Sunday voted to prevent presidents from holding more than two terms in office, according to the elections council, a win for President Lenin Moreno that blocks his mentor-turned-adversary Rafael Correa from returning to power. Read more>>

January 31, 2018

Once a powerful socialist firebrand, Ecuador’s Correa may face ‘political death’ in vote – AP

Ecuadoreans this weekend — including those in South Florida — are expected to do something that would have been unthinkable just a year ago: End the political career of Rafael Correa, the socialist firebrand who led the nation for a decade and was once considered the region’s most popular president. On Sunday, voters are being asked to weigh in on seven broad questions in a referendum, including one that reinstates term limits on the presidency, which Correa got rid of in 2015. Read more>>

January 30, 2018

Ecuador’s President Turns On His Anti-American Mentor – The Wall Street Journal

When Lenín Moreno was elected president last year, he was pegged as a stand-in for his powerful predecessor, destined to play a placeholder role much like Dmitry Medvedev’s between terms of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Read more>>

January 26, 2018

Ecuador Prepares to Vote on Term Limits – AS/COA

On February 4, Ecuador will hold a referendum. The ballot features seven questions, ranging from reducing a national park’s acreage to preventing those accused of corruption from holding office. But the central item will be a question on whether or not presidential term limits should be reinstated into Constitution. The debate is the focal point of a bitter feud between the former President Rafael Correa—who has all but declared he wants to run for a fourth term in 2021—and his one-time vice president and successor Lenín Moreno, who backs a change that could bar Correa from the presidency for good. Read more >>

January 25, 2018

Ecuador looks for “Egalitarian” trade agreements with the US – Ecuador Times

The president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, said today that his government aspires to reach equal agreements with the United States and without prejudice to national production, according to a statement from the Secretariat of Communication (Secom). Read More >>

January 24, 2018

Julian Assange impasse ‘more than a nuisance’ for Ecuador, says country’s president

Nearly six years since seeking asylum inside its London embassy, WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange has made “more than a nuisance” for the current government of Ecuador, according to President Lenin MorenoMr. MorenoEcuador’s leader since May, made the remark during an interview with television networks over the weekend while describing the ongoing, international impasse involving Mr. AssangeAgence France-Presse reported Monday. Read more >>