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Ecuador President Cries Wolf, Claims He Will Be Persecuted if Opposition Wins

By: Karina Martín - Mar 6, 2017, 1:31 pm
Outgoing president Rafael Correa claims the opposition will pursue a witch hunt against him if they win (
Outgoing president Rafael Correa claims the opposition will pursue a witch hunt against him if they win (Cubanet).

EspañolEcuadorian President Rafael Correa warns that if the opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso wins in the presidential elections, a political persecution will be initiated against him, preventing him from leaving the country.

“If that guy wins [Guillermo Lasso], who is not going to win, he’s going to start chasing us…Those people will persecute us if they win the government and my best option will be to stay in the country. Defend my government, my honor, etcetera, and I will beat them again,” the president said during an interview.

“If Lenin wins [former vice president Lenin Moreno] I can go to rest a little, and I owe that to my family, to Belgium. But I will have to stay to avoid destroying what has been achieved and to defend myself because these people are going to persecute us,” continued Correa.

Correa has mentioned that his intention is to go to his wife’s native Belgium with his family, after leaving the presidency, allegedly to pursue a career in academia.

However, Correa insisted that he is confident that the ruling party will win in the presidential elections scheduled for next April 2 and warned that if the opposition loses, they will seek to ignore the results and create confusion.

“To cushion the defeat they invented the tale of fraud,” said the Ecuadorian head of state and added, “if there was fraud it was against us because we did not have electoral controls at all the precincts. CREO out-manned us because they had more money that we did. These people know how to manipulate the numbers. We must be prepared, we must have electoral control and we must be aware of what’s going on,” continued the president.

“If there was fraud, then submit the evidence and not only to the National Electoral Council (CNE) but also to the Electoral Dispute Tribunal (TCE) and the ordinary courts. They did not present anything because they are phonies led by [Guillermo] Lasso and Paez,” he said.

Sources: La Republica, El Universo, El Telegrafo

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Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Trump’s Support of the Venezuelan Opposition Is a Breath of Fresh Air from the White House

By: Guest Contributor - Mar 6, 2017, 12:46 pm
Venezuelan Opposition

By Jackson Ventrella Lilian Tintori understands the Venezuelan regime for what it is: corrupt, criminal, and evil. Her husband, Leopoldo López, was stripped of his political rights when President Hugo Chávez saw the potential and dangerous competition that he posed. Eventually this led to Leopoldo’s investigation and his current imprisonment, which has been ongoing for three years now. López is one of nearly 110 political prisoners the Venezuelan government refuses to release. The current president, Nicolás Maduro, frequently protects the corrupt while punishing those who support the opposition. He even contrives enemies for himself out of thin air. Consider the case of Joshua Holt. Holt is an American citizen who is currently being held and tormented in a Venezuelan prison after being arrested on “terrorism” charges. After traveling to Venezuela to get married, both he and his wife ended up in prison and remain there to this day. Read More: Bogota Hits By Xenophobic Attacks on Chinese Merchants  Read More: Five Reasons to Repeal the Government Smoking Ban The inhumane treatment Holt has received is horrifying. Not only has he lost 50 pounds, but the judge has conveniently skipped his trial four times, which seems to have crushed any hope that his case will be heard. Or consider former political prisoner Francisco Marquez, a dual U.S.-Venezuelan citizen. Marquez was held in a Venezuelan prison for four months before his eventual release. Even after having charges dropped, he was not immediately released. Although he did not experience torture himself, he heard the nearby screams of terror frequently. The inhumane treatment of prisoners in Venezuela only adds to the laundry list of intentional evils committed by both the Chávez and Maduro regimes. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); This brutality has not gone over well recently with the new U.S. administration. President Donald Trump recently tweeted, “Venezuela should allow Leopoldo Lopez, a political prisoner and husband of Lilian Tintori out of prison immediately.” This remarkable departure from the Obama administration’s policy toward Venezuela reflects a new and robust U.S. commitment to the people of Venezuela. It is a clear sign that the United States stands against the corrupt Maduro regime and supports the democratic aspirations of ordinary Venezuelans. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/832016501657968640?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw The grave human rights violations this regime has committed have spurred the United States, along with other regional stakeholders, to pressure the regime to release its political prisoners. Former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela Otto Reich’s assessment of the situation points in the right direction. He says that the United States ought to be “proactive, not vocal: We should not engage in spitting contests with cobras or in verbal battles with deceitful third world autocrats.” The Maduro regime is undoubtedly governed by the corrupt. Tareck El Aissami, the newest vice president of Venezuela, is widely acknowledged to have ties with drug cartels as well as the terrorist group Hezbollah. It is clear that the Venezuelan regime does not prefer any ethical system over another, so long as it retains control. The Obama administration knew full well that the Venezuelan vice president is a criminal, but it took no strong action. Yet within the first month of Trump’s administration, El Aissami’s illicitly obtained assets in the U.S. were confiscated. The Trump administration’s clear position on Venezuela is a welcomed change from the moral ambiguity of his predecessor. Moving forward, the administration must continue holding the Venezuelan government accountable in the hopes of bringing political freedom to the Venezuelan people. Jackson Ventrella is a member of the Young Leader's Program at The Heritage Foundation. His article was originally published in with the Daily Signal. 

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