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Bloomberg – Correa Seeks Tighter Control of Press, Courts in Ecuador Vote

Date: May 6, 2011

Ecuadorians go to the polls tomorrow to vote on measures that many view as an effort by President Rafael Correa to concentrate power:

Ecuadoreans will vote tomorrow on changes to their constitution for the second time in less than three years as President Rafael Correa seeks greater control over the judiciary and restrictions on banks and the press.

Correa, a 48-year-old former economics professor, proposed the referendum in December to combat crime, and then added proposals to strip banks and national media companies of holdings outside their specific industry. Correa also wants to create a government panel to regulate the content of television channels and newspapers.