His melodic voice resounded in the middle of the night when he sang the song on the tribune built on Los Shyris Avenue, across from the headquarters of the Alianza PAIS Movement, of which he is a member.
“He (Lenin Moreno) is trying to be the president of an Ecuador that doesn’t want to follow the path of Argentina,” Maradona said.
Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona encouraged Ecuadorean voters Wednesday to support leftist presidential candidate Lenin Moreno, warning that right-wing candidate Guillermo Lasso could degenerate Ecuador into a neoliberal mess, like his own Argentina under Mauricio Macri.
the message in a Twitter video ahead of the country’s April 2 runoff election. “I want to send a warm greeting to Ecuadoreans, to my friend (President Rafael) Correa and of course Lenin Moreno. He is trying to be the president of an Ecuador that doesn’t want to follow the path of Argentina,” he said.
“I tell my Ecuadorean friends: Lenin Moreno is the great chance we have. If you think otherwise, look at television and look at the strikes and marches in Argentina and Brazil where it seemed like they couldn’t fall.”
In 2015, Argentine voters elected right-wing Mauricio Macri as president, ushering in a period of neoliberal austerity that rolled back progressive gains made by former President Cristina Fernandez and Nestor Kirchner. Macri, campaigning against “big government,” has since implemented policies aimed at cutting and privatizing social programs, much like what Lasso is proposing.
Ahead of the presidential elections on Feb. 19, those detained and disabled will cast their ballots as is their right under Ecuadorean law.
A program created by the government of President Rafael Correa will see more than 10,000 inmates voting Thursday for the upcoming elections and will continue to assist people with disabilities to cast their ballot for the next president of Ecuador.
Elections are scheduled to be held on Sunday, Feb. 19 to elect the next president, vice president and members of the National Assembly.
According to the National Electoral Council, 10,230 people who are inside penitentiaries without a conviction will be able to vote. This is only possible after an agreement signed in 2013 between the Ministry of Justice and the General Registry.
On Friday, those with disabilities that have requested to vote at home or need assistance to reach voting centers will begin their voting process.
The Electoral Council, the Disability Council and the Federation of Taxi Drivers began this year’s program for home and assisted voting for any Ecuadorean who needs a relative or spouse to help them cast a vote.
After the voting process, the ballot boxes will be sealed and the material will be transferred to the custody of the police so that the votes can be included in the general elections.
Afro-Ecuadoreans have achieved unprecedented gains under President Correa but political participation and education are crucial to end structural racism.
As Ecuador prepares for its presidential and parliamentary elections, the Afro-Ecuadorean community braces for the challenges ahead while recognizing the gains that have been made by outgoing President Rafael Correa and his Alianza Pais party, Afro-Ecuadorean lawmaker Alexandra Ocles told a recent interview.
Ocles, who was the first Afro-Ecuadorean to enter the national assembly in history, highlighted some of the many gains her community scored under Correa’s government over the past decade.
“There is a tacit acknowledgment of the Afro-Ecuadorean people as a constituent part of the state and the Ecuadorean people,” Ocles said as black and white photos of U.S. civil rights activists Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X hung behind her at her office in the capital of Quito.
“I believe it is one of the fundamental actions because it was one of the historical demands of the Afro-Ecuadorean people,” she said.
She went on to highlight the inclusion of “the principle of equality and non-discrimination” in the country’s constitution in 2009, which, according to the legislator, was the result of the hard work of different social movements that pushed for the Afro-Ecuadorean agenda within the socialist government.
Under Correa’s Citizens’ Revolution, the government brought millions of people out of poverty including many within the Afro-Ecuadorean community where poverty was reduced by 20 percent according to official figures.
The Bolivarian governments are working together to ease restrictions on migrants travelling between their countries and to boost bilateral oil trade.
Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Guillaume Long met with members of the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, where they discussed strengthening relations between the two Bolivarian nations.
Top of the agenda were issues related to bilateral migration and the sharing of resources. Both governments reaffirmed the “right of mobility” for their respective residents and the need to share crude oil resources.
“We have given a comprehensive review of all the issues on the bilateral agenda,” Long said Wednesday, Prensa Latina reports.
“We have very rich and active relations.”
The Ecuadorean and Venezuelan governments are now in the process of creating joint resolutions that ease restrictions on migrants traveling between the two countries.
Ecuador has become home to thousands of Venezuelans leaving their country as a result of opposition groups sabotaging the socialist economy. Between 2013 and 2016, about 17,000 Venezuelans moved to the Andean country, according to Ecuador’s Interior Ministry.
Venezuela currently has one of the highest population of Ecuadorean emigres, most of whom fled during the country’s financial crisis in 2000.
Correa said that the Citizens’ Revolution had to create new systems because institutions were so weak when he was elected in 2007.
Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa said that the opposition candidates were fighting among themselves for second place in the coming elections because “no one doubted who would be first,” referring to his former vice president Lenin Moreno and Alianza Pais candidate who has been leading in polls in recent months.
In an interview with Spain’s Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias, he added that the Citizens’ Revolution had to create new systems because institutions were so weak when he was elected in 2007. “In 10 years, we had had seven presidents, on average each administration lasted 18 months,” said the current president.
Among the measures was a reform of the tax system: the country’s elites are not used to paying taxes, he said, and the banking sector usually invested in the media in order to manipulate information.
Declassified documents have been able to prove that the Central Intelligence Agency,CIA, infiltrated and meddled in Latin America.
The documents from the U.S. intelligence agency itself, released by WikiLeaks, show how the CIA intervened in the region under the guise of diplomacy.
The CIA actions were aimed at achieving the continental blockade against Cuba in the 1960s after the triumph of the Cuban revolution. The goal was to prevent the rise of the left in the region at any cost.
The actions of the CIA in Ecuador between 1960-1963 were outlined in “Inside the Company,” a book first published in 1975 by former CIA agent in Ecuador, Philip Agee.
CIA, Its Creation and Goals
Promoting the idea that a government is bad and unpopular is essential to the objective of overthrowing it.
Since the beginning of the ‘pink tide’ in Latin America, much of the international media have been actively smearing progressive Latin American countries.
These media outlets, who have the means to reach global audiences, selectively report the news in what some consider to be an effort to destabilize leftist governments that dare to challenge the economic privileges of big business, banks and financial corporations.
Several South American leaders have argued that private media discredit their governments as parts of plots to overthrow them and replace them with governments more aligned with U.S. interests.
Late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned of this repeatedly, and in 2002 this materialized into a short-lived coup. The coup was broadcast live and media were shown to have played an active role, deliberately distorting information to the Venezuelan public as well as to the international community in order to justify the usurpation of democracy in the country. Though the coup failed, media attacks against Chavez continued, and have now focused intensely on his successor, President Nicolas Maduro.
Since taking office in 2007, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has also been the target of a media smear campaign both within and outside of the country. Correa has not only championed laws to democratize media in order to break up the power of monopolies, but he has also been vocal in calling out the attacks on his and other progressive governments.
“Do you think really that the difficult situations (faced by) Dilma Rousseff … in Brazil, Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, Michelle Bachelet in Chile, Cristina Fernandez in Argentina and the difficulties that Evo Morales has had in Bolivia before winning an overwhelming majority, are all accidental?,” Correa told a groups of reporters in 2015. “They are all leaders of leftist governments … None of this happens to right-wing leaders.”
The Goal: End Latin American Integration
The search and rescue brigade which left for Ecuador following the earthquake which hit the country’s northern coast on April 16, returned to Cuba on the evening of April 27.
The brigade members were received at Havana’s José Martí International Airport by
Marcia Cobas, a member of the Party Central Committee and deputy minister of Public
Health, as well as Brigade General and Interior Minister (Minint), José Luis Mesa Silva. Continue reading “Cuban search and rescue team returns from #Ecuador”
Bolivian President Evo Morales left for Ecuador Wednesday, where he will visit Manta and other areas affected by the devastating 7.8.-magnitude earthquake that rocked the country on April 16. Continue reading “In Solidarity, Evo Morales Departs for Earthquake-Hit Ecuador”