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Council on Hemispheric Affairs – Rafael Correa Remains Strongest Leader In Ecuador, But His Influence Is Waning – Analysis

Date: Nov 8, 2011

This lengthy profile of the administration of Ecuador President Rafael Correa and the country’s politics and economy lends context to the Chevron Ecuador trial:

The Ecuadorian government has been in the throes of a constant verbal war of ideologies with the opposition, which comprises both politicians and certain segments of civil society. This fervent divide has created a historical reality in a country whose democratic roots are markedly weak and the executive, legislative, and judicial branches fundamentally lack independence, adequate resources, and substantive power. Current tensions, primarily instigated by Correa, are likely to continue until 2013 when the next presidential elections are due.

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