Ecuador’s Opposition Needs to Offer Real Change from Correa

By: Leonard Quinde Allieri - Nov 24, 2016, 10:18 am
Presidential candidate Cynthia Viteri (Wikimedia).

EspañolEcuador’s Social Christian Party Presidential candidate Cynthia Viteri has come out saying the country’s political opposition was neither ” financiers, nor sponsors nor facilitators of this government.”

But I say they don’t need to be financiers, sponsors or facilitators, because they play a much more important role in President Rafael Correa’s adminstration: paving the way for his current position of power.

PSC created the perfect breeding ground for the current President of Ecuador to take office.

It is not surprising that Correa won over Ecuadorians, with his populist discourse of alleged “clean hands” and “ardent hearts.” His speech, directed firmly against traditional political parties, was able to succeed in the wake of innumerable controversies from previous administrations within the country’s Chamber of Congress.

It wasn’t that strange to see deputies throwing ashtrays at each other from time to time, as well as a few insults. Over the years, people grew tired of such behavior and opted for someone who, at least in his speeches, promised to make changes to the style of politics in Ecuador.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t much change. The director of the circus, the producer of the reality show, may be different, but it’s the same Ecuadorian political scene.

Today we continue to live in the most cruel of mercantilists societies. We continue to live in a country where justice is still in question.

But all this is not a coincidence: Ecuador used to belong to some, and now it belongs to a few. It’s hard to see a way out of this system.

Viteri’s speech is concerning because it focuses on another opposition candidate instead of on changes that need to be made to this country.

It seems that she only wants Ecuador to continue to change in form rather than in substance because she rejects structural adjustments that the country needs. Her slogan talks about a “safe change,” which sounds like a disguised proposal for more of the same.

The people do not need free tablets, as Viteri has promised, (which aren’t free anyway; it’s included in your taxes).

And those are the same taxes that are drowning the Ecuadorian people, that not only hinder the country from moving forward, but lead to further unemployment. The country does not need to lower the price of electricity (as Viteri has also promised, though she has not specified how she will do it) or to raise wages.

What Ecuador needs is not a “safe” change, but a profound one. If Ecuador is to move up in the world, it needs to strengthen its currency, eliminate taxes, restore autonomy to its institutions and eliminate unnecessary bureaucracies and laws.

Every opposition candidate claims to want change, but most of them are proposing weak measures that don’t help enough.

The country needs to meditate on its vote. It has to be aware that it is no longer enough to vote for a striking speech, or for the most charismatic person. Everyone must vote consciously, for someone who really knows how to do the things that the country needs moving forward from so many years of waste and corruption.

Leonard Quinde Allieri Leonard Quinde Allieri

Leonard Quinde Allieri is an industrial engineer currently pursuing a degree in agricultural engineering. He's a member of Students for Liberty Ecuador, CREO Youth, and Ecuador's Libertarian Movement. Follow him: @LeoQALib.

Dialogue in Venezuela Repeatedly Violated Constitution, Experts Claim

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Nov 24, 2016, 7:40 am
Dialogue in Venezuela

Español Dialogue in Venezuela between the opposition and Nicolás Maduro's administration has seen fundamental rights established in the constitution swapped, rearranged or thrown away like playing cards. The Venezuelan regime and the opposition reportedly negotiate issues that should already be a guarantee because they are laid out in the Magna Carta and the country's own founding documents, constitutional lawyer José Vicente Haro told El Estímulo. Read more: Colombian Hospitals Brace for Influx of Pregnant Venezuelans Read more: Venezuela's "Iron Lady" Calls for New Opposition Leadership after Failed Dialogue "The Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) has reached a new low," he said, "negotiating the constitution, rights, freedoms, giving priority to its political militancy." He said he believes political dialogue has affected the common people of Venezuela the most, as they relied on opposition leadership and a recall referendum that has already been sidetracked. This week, officials decided to suspend negotiations altogether. At the negotiation table, the Venezuelan opposition allegedly decided to give up its political agenda. Originally, there was going to be a political trial, a march to the presidential palace in Miraflores, accusations made in international media outlets, cries for the implementation of the Democratic Charter and separation of some deputies from their seats. None of this has happened. The opposition also abandoned its fight for the recall referendum. All this, in exchange for the release of political prisoners — and not even in the hundreds; only seven have been released. "There is something that we must be clear," Haro said. "The constitution, nor rights, are negotiable. The powers and rights established in the Magna Carta for public entities such as the National Assembly are not negotiable. The political representation of the states, like that of (the state of) Amazonas, should not be negotiated, either." For Haro, it is worrying that political prisoners are handled like "hostages" at the negotiations. "Everyone that has been released is a political party activist," he claimed. "This proves that this is a liberation of imprisoned politicians and not of political prisoners — of people who operate in political parties and are imprisoned," he said. He said the opposition is forgetting about the students and ordinary citizens in demonstrations that exercised their right to protest — established in article 68 of the Constitution — who have been detained for more than two years. Another important point that the constitutionalist described as "worrying" is the disembodiment of the deputies of Amazonas. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); The agreement to repeat the elections for the National Assembly (AN) in the state of Amazonas, Haro said, endorses and accepts an alleged fraud that has not been approved, violating the popular sovereignty established in article five of the constitution. Haro also criticized the MUD and ruling party PSUV for selecting directors of the National Electoral Council based on political tendencies. "What the constitution says in Article 296 is clear: the rectors of the CNE can not have affiliation to any political party," he said. "The negotiation has led to a kind of submission of the MUD to the government," he said. "This results in leaving the constitution to the side to be violated and submitted to political interests of a specific political party," he said. Source: El Estímulo

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