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Ecuadoran Politics Becoming a Circus

LADB Article ID: 80459
Category/Department: Ecuador
Date: 2017-11-10
By: Luís Ángel Saavedra

Ecuadoran politics is beginning to look like a really bad circus. A jailed vice president, who has the backing of the ruling party, says he’s only on vacation; a fugitive comptroller maintains that he has not resigned, while his successor makes decisions beyond the scope of his office and rules on the dismissal of the vice president; the president of the republic is removed from the leadership of his party, which is calling for the return of a former president to head the country. These are just a few of the examples what is happening on Ecuador’s political stage. Meanwhile, the situation involving Vice President Jorge Glas gets more complicated by the day. The judicial system has found serious signs that he participated in several cases of corruption and many former supporters are turning against him. Observers point to a seismic upheaval in the movement. Undoubtedly, Vice President Glas made a political miscalculation by believing that he had inherited the control of the judicial system that former President Rafael Correa (2007-2017) once had. Glas believed himself to be untouchable and never imagined he’d go to prison when prosecutor Daniela Salazar, despite the threats she received, began to connect Glas with acts of corruption involving the Brazilian firm Odebrecht

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