Franklin D. Roosevelt had it, so did Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez and so does Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega. Could Ecuador’s Rafael Correa be the next president to win the right to consecutive and indefinite reelection?
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Ecuador’s government was moving to install a power plant to exploit oil fields under the iconic Yasuni national park at the same time as pursuing a high-profile international scheme not to exploit the oil, according to government documents seen by the Guardian.
Bravo! At a time when several Latin American presidents are promoting a shameless personality cult, Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis last week issued a decree prohibiting the display of his picture in public offices and ordering to leave his name out of inaugural plaques of public works.
Plans to carve a road through one of the most biodiverse places on earth could have devastating consequences Read more >>
There was a reason Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa, chose to announce his support for an initiative to forgo exploiting the Tiputini, Tambococha and Ishpingo oil fields under the Yasuni National Park – home to indigenous peoples and one of the most biodiverse places on earth – on 5 June 2007: 5 June, today, is the United Nations’ ‘World Environment Day.’ Read more >>
An untouched corner of the Amazon, one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth, is officially open for exploitation. Ecuador’s government has issued environmental permits for oil drilling in the 6,500-square-mile Yasuni natural park — roads will be built, and production may begin as soon as 2016. Read more >>
Ecuador’s government has issued an environmental permit for oil drilling in the pristine Amazon reserve that President Rafael Correa initially offered to exempt from exploration if rich countries would pay his government. Read more >>
American lawmakers and the press are aware of Correa’s disregard for the free press. Questioning the president is dangerous for the press. He has imposed multi-million dollar fines (later magnanimously forgiven) to El Universo of Guayaquil for publishing a column that question the events of a police uprising against Correa. He has also confiscated or closed down radio stations that question his policies. Read more >>
Though elected to his post, Rafael Correa rules as a despot. He has all but silenced the news media in his country and has also crushed political opponents through violence and intimidation. Read more >>
Some say his party, Alianza País, got too used to winning. This week, Correa was looking more subdued after the opposition won the country’s key mayoralties – Guayaquil, Cuenca and, most painfully, the capital Quito – in Sunday’s local elections. Read more >>
GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador – Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa on Tuesday said he will ask for his cabinet’s resignation and reshape his political party after the loss of the capital city of the oil-producing Andean nation to the opposition in local elections.
Opposition candidates on Sunday won elections to run the local governments of Quito and industrial city Cuenca, and maintained control of the economic capital and port city of Guayaquil in an unsettling result for the government.
“There will be a cabinet crisis,” Correa told reporters in the port city of Guayaquil, adding that he had considered changing his government ministers prior to the vote. Read more >>
ECUADOR’S president, Rafael Correa is setting records for the length of time he has spent in office with every day that passes. He remains very popular. Even so, his country’s voters dealt Mr Correa a blow on February 23rd. Read more >>