Rafael Correa has dismissed as “nonsense” allegations that he is plotting with Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro to destabilise the current Ecuadorean government amid violent unrest sparked by fuel price hikes.
In an interview with The Associated Press, the former Ecauadorean president called for a new election to solve the crisis. He has been accused by his successor, current president Lenín Moreno, of trying to foment a coup with the help of Maduro.
“It’s ridiculous,” Correa said of the accusations.
Protests in the South American nation of 17 million started last week after Moreno ended fuel subsidies, leading to price increases. The government said at least 700 people have been arrested, and Moreno has moved government operations from the capital Quito to the city of Guayaquil.
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