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Ecuador Opposition Candidate Gains Support from More Political Parties

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Mar 10, 2017, 6:29 pm
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Political parties Izquierda Democrática (Democratic Left), Movimiento Fuerza Ecuador (Ecuadorian Strength Movement) and Guayaquil’s mayor, Jaime Nebot expressed their support for Guillermo Lasso (La República)

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In Ecuador, support for presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso is growing. The Democratic Left Party (ID) and other political leaders announced their support for Lasso in the second round of elections.

On Thursday, March 9th, the Izquierda Democrática party (ID), based in the southern province of Azuay, announced its support for the presidential ticket of Lasso-Paez, of the alliance CREO-SUMA.

“Our candidate represents change in Ecuador: Guillermo Lasso and Andres Paez. The Democratic Left has unanimously decided to support Lasso-Páez’s candidacies as a sign of responsibility towards the country.”

ID Azuay became the first delegation in the country to announce its support, and asked other provinces to join.

Additionally, the mayor of Guayaquil, Jaime Nebot, posted a video on Youtube in favor of Lasso and explained that the presidential candidate’s proposals are the ones that most resemble the mayor’s party, the Social Christian party.

 

Nebot asked Lasso to “do what is necessary to win, and that is, to win the votes he did not have in the second round.”

He also suggested that Lasso adopt some of the Social Christian party candidate Cynthia Viteri’s campaign proposals.

“There are circumstances where party flags do not matter, the only thing that matters is our national flag. This is one of those circumstances,” he said.

Movimiento Fuerza Ecuador (Ecuadorian Strength Movement) also announced its support for opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso.

Former president Abdala Bucaram Pulley chaired the meeting which was held behind closed doors. But before the meeting he told the media that one of the points they will address with the presidential candidate is the need for a Constituent Assembly to dismantle president Correa’s movement and to investigate their acts of corruption.

Sources: La Republica, El Comercio

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Mexico Begins Dialogue with US to Resume Sugar Exports

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Mar 10, 2017, 3:56 pm
The US and Mexico have a longstanding trade dispute regarding sugar (

Español The governments of Mexico and the United States will begin a new round of negotiations, seeking to address the issue of resuming sugar exports from the Aztec country, according to officials from both administrations. US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo said conversations were aimed at resuming imports from the United States to Mexico and had been suspended since the time limit was reached. Read More: Sugar Subsidies, America's Least Efficient Corporate Welfare Program Read More: Mexico's Tax on Soft Drinks is Fattening Power Hungry Politicians "These discussions are the beginning of joint work on everyday issues arising from our very important bilateral relationship," Ross told a news conference in which he also mentioned that he would inform Congress in a few weeks of his intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Ross also stated that his office has already begun discussions with both Houses of Congress, but said he still did not have a specific date. The United States would begin to renegotiate NAFTA with Canada and Mexico once the 90-day period has passed since the White House reported to Congress. Guajardo said his government has begun consultations with the private sector and Congress in February and will be ready in May to begin renegotiation once the US and Canadian governments have met their internal requirements. Mexico and the United States negotiated a December 2014 agreement which circumvented NAFTA and imposed price floors and limits on types of trade permissible with respect to sugar. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Currently, the Mexican government has held up US exporters in port, preventing importation of thousands of tons of sugar, allegedly to avoid reaching annual limits specified under the so-called "suspension agreements" negotiated in 2014. When Trump meets with Justin Trudeau and Enrique Pena Nieto to renegotiate the terms of the trade agreement, sugar is certain to be an important issue. Currently a ship is stranded in port in the state of Quintana Roo, waiting approval to unload its estimated 20,000 to 30,000 tons of raw sugar. Source: Milenio, CNBC

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