UPI – Ecuador vote for reforms seen as limiting freedoms
Discussion of the referendum’s effects in Ecuador:
Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa has won Ecuador’s referendum on judicial and media reforms but by a smaller margin than widely expected, leaving intact his plans and the opposition in disarray over the outcome.
Critics say the president’s reforms will entrench and widen his authority over the courts and channels of communication and media. Correa says both the judiciary and media are riddled with corruption and need a major clean-up to restore international confidence in Ecuador.
The truth lies somewhere in between and the outcome will still undermine the independence of judges and nonpartisan functioning of the media.