Ecuador’s Lasso Says Moreno “Not Man Enough” to Debate

By: Karina Martín - Mar 20, 2017, 2:01 pm
“Mr. Moreno cannot be afraid to debate. A debate is an exchange of ideas” (alchetron).


The opposition candidate for Ecuador’s presidency, Guillermo Lasso, accused his rival, Lenin Moreno, of “not being man enough to debate.”

“Ecuador is tired of so much hypocrisy, of puppets that use the whole state apparatus to attack me, and are not man enough to debate,” said the candidate for the movement Creando Oportunidades (CREO), last Sunday March 19th during his speech in Manta.

Lenin Moreno refused to debate on a show organized by CNN television, which was going to be hosted by journalist Patricia Janiot.

“Mr Moreno can not be afraid of the word debate. A debate is an exchange of ideas, a speech is to please to a person who does not have a personality, who has no leadership, who imposes everything from above,” said Lasso on another occasion.


Meanwhile, the opposition candidate announced via whatsapp that his Twitter account was blocked by Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa.

Lasso had responded via Twitter hours earlier to Correa’s allegations about his alleged involvement in offshore companies. “Listen @MashiRafael…information about my property is public, unlike the Odebrecht bribes list that his government continues to hide.”

According to the most recent Cedatos-Gallup poll, the opposition candidate has a slight lead in the second round of the presidential election, which will be held on Sunday April 2nd, this year.

The poll shows that Lasso would win the presidential election with 50.8% of the votes, compared to 49.2% for Rafael Correa’s hand-picked successor Lenin Moreno.

Guillermo Lasso, a banker and former governor of Guayas province has benefited from support from other political parties such as Cynthia Viteri of the Social Christian Party and Paco Moncayo of the Democratic Left.

However, former vice president Lenin Moreno will be a formidable challenger, certain to count on Alianza Pais’s strong party machinery on election day.

The election is likely to be extremely close.

Sources: La RepúblicaEl Universo

Karina Martín Karina Martín

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.

Bolivia Files Complaint Against Chile After Nine Officials Arrested on the Border

By: Karina Martín - Mar 20, 2017, 11:49 am

EspañolBolivia's President Evo Morales accused Chile of assaulting Bolivian people during the arrest of two military personnel and seven customs officials at the border. "Using and defending smuggling, assaulting the Bolivian people just a few hours before a response in The Hague," he tweeted. According to Morales, the situation occurred on Bolivian soil on Sunday, March 19. In his tweet, Morales was alluding to the fact that next Tuesday, March 21 a delegation from Bolivia will present a response to their demand to have access to the sea in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague. "We demand the immediate return of Bolivian officials who were carrying out their work against smuggling," said Bolivian Vice President Álvaro García-Linera. "Do we want to think that the government of Chile is covering up contraband?" googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   The official also said he filed a formal complaint with the Chilean government over the "illegal detention of our Bolivian officials." The Chilean authorities say that a captain and a sergeant and the seven Bolivian customs officers were seizing trucks in Chilean territory when they were put under arrest and then transferred to a sub-commissary in Colchane, in northern Chile. The border area where the incident took place is reportedly often used by smugglers who illegally introduce goods of all kinds to Bolivia arriving in the Chilean port of Iquique from China. Chile and Bolivia are working with the ICJ to resolve who has jurisdiction over the waters of the Silala, a reservoir located on the border. Source: El Tiempo; El Nuevo Herald; Publimetro; El Deber.

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