Ecuador – Clash of old and new

Linked with Luis Macas Ambulud’s – Ecuador.

Published on Green Left online, by Federico Fuentes, Caracas, 27 July 2007.

Excerpts: 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 …

… Chancoso explained that for indigenous people, the demand of a plurinational state was a call for unity based on diversity. This diversity allow for the self-determination of the indigenous peoples as communities, as nations, but seen from within a political process of identity, on the basis of a common political agenda, an agenda of sovereignty of the country.

Our slogan is Never again a country without us. Even if we do not gain a majority of delegates, we believe that we will be fighting inside [the assembly] to enshrine in the constitution real changes, a real restructuring to refound the country.

Even though there are different lists that will represent different sections of the left in the upcoming elections – Agreement Country, Pachakutik and the Maoist-influenced Movement for Popular Democracy (MPD) – Hernandez said that there was an important need to make the effort to have a common project. We [Agreement Country] are making an effort to find points of agreement to transform the country and to deepen democracy, which we characterise as part of this new socialism of the 21st century. (full text).

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