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Ecuadoran Government Pushing for Major Changes to Country’s Constitution

LADB Article ID: 79422
Category/Department: Ecuador
Date: 2014-09-12
By: Luis Ángel Saavedra

The administration of President Rafael Correa is calling for a series of constitutional reforms based on the argument that the Ecuadoran Constitution—which has been hailed by many for its strong emphasis on human rights and was developed in a constituent assembly and approved by a large majority in a national referendum—is preventing the government from ruling and thus jeopardizes the welfare of the people. Part of the problem, according to the administration, is that constitutional guarantees designed to protect citizens' rights are being used abusively to boycott government plans. The government presented the Asamblea Nacional (AN), Ecuador’s unicameral legislature, with 17 amendments that will modify the widely praised document in such a way as to allow for more state control, indefinite presidential re-election, and a scaling back of the rights of citizens and indigenous communities.

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