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Split Erupts in Ecuador’s Leadership

ISSN:1060-4189
LADB Article ID: 80404
Category/Department: Ecuador
Date: 2017-09-08
By: Luis Ángel Saavedra

Every political analyst in Ecuador expected a clash between President Lenín Moreno and his vice president, Jorge Glas, but they didn’t expect that it would happen just 40 days into the administration or that the vice president would be stripped of all of his responsibilities. The opposition has fingered Glas as a beneficiary of several corruption cases brought before the Supreme Court by Ecuador’s attorney general. Glas has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He asserts that a plot is being built to remove him from office and usher in a right-wing agenda, thus dismantling the gains achieved during the 10 years of President Rafael Correa’s administration (2007-2017). Glas, who served as vice president under Correa between 2013 and 2017, was the ideal candidate to continue Correa’s political project, but he lacked the votes needed to win the recent presidential contest. Moreno, on the other hand, didn’t have Correa’s blessing but had far greater voter support than Glas, making their alliance the only possibility the ruling Alianza País (AP) had for a victory. Fractures inside the AP were temporarily resolved with the Moreno-Glas formula, although it is believed that Moreno was forced to accept Glas as a running mate.

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