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Ecuador’s New President Breaks Ranks with Predecessor

LADB Article ID: 80348
Category/Department: Ecuador
Date: 2017-07-14
By: Luis Ángel Saavedra

Ecuador’s new president, Lenín Moreno, has made early political moves aimed at distancing himself from his predecessor, Rafael Correa (2007-2017), surprising some of the opposition and upsetting part of his own base in the Alianza País (AP) party, including the former president himself. Correa has questioned Moreno’s decisions and expressed concern over the fact that new AP representatives do not seem inclined to defend his administration or the model he laid out during his 10 years as president. Even though internal friction within the AP was visible at the beginning of Moreno’s candidacy, the party managed to present a united front during the election campaign. Nevertheless, party militants don’t think such efforts will survive the first 100 days of the new administration, especially after Moreno named his closest advisers, the most controversial choice being Gustavo Larrea. Leftist and progressive sectors see Larrea’s selection as an attempt to return to the AP’s origins in a leftist ideology that is modern, ecological, and geared towards collective construction. Meanwhile, others in the party consider the new administration a betrayal of Correa, the AP’s top leader, and warn that the country risks returning to a period of political upheaval in which problems are resolved by overthrowing the president. Larrea was part of that sort of history.

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