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War with Peru Boosts Ecuadoran President Sixto Duran Ballen's Popularity

LADB Article ID: 56209
Category/Department: Ecuador
Date: 1995-03-17
By: LADB Staff

President Sixto Duran Ballen, who two months ago was one of the most unpopular presidents in Latin America and who was locked in constant combat with the opposition-controlled legislature, has enjoyed a political rebirth since the outbreak of the five-week undeclared war with Peru. His popularity has surged, and his battles with the legislature have diminished so much that the president called off a referendum on constitutional reforms originally scheduled for May, preferring instead to negotiate those reforms with Congress.

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