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Ecuador: Clash of Old and New

Federico Fuentes writes in Green Left:

Denouncing the congress as “rubbish” and a “national disgrace”, left-wing Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa called on the upcoming constituent assembly, for which there will be elections held on September 30, to dissolve the body, which is widely viewed as corrupt. The calls came after the opposition-controlled congress amended a number of recent laws introduced by the executive to curb unprecedented rises in the price of food.

Correa’s call also came in the wake of congress’s censure of finance minister Ricardo Patino over a scandal involving the secret filming of a discussion between the minister and figures from the banking sector. Patino is highly popular due to his hardline opposition to international financial institutions, recently stating that Ecuador should not pay its “illegitimate” foreign debt.

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