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Ecuador’s Former and Current Presidents Continue to Trade Insults over Legacy

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Aug 18, 2017, 12:54 pm
Ecuador's Former and Current Presidents
Correa attacked his successor on his Twitter account this week, saying “This was what President Moreno said a little more than a month ago, now he says the opposite: young people, never trust someone like that.”(Twitter)

EspañolFighting continues between the former President of Ecuador Rafael Correa and current President Lenin Moreno, his former Vice President — this time about whether younger generations in the country should trust Moreno’s leadership.

Correa attacked his successor on his Twitter account this week, saying “This was what President Moreno said a little more than a month ago, now he says the opposite: young people, never trust someone like that.”

Correa’s tweet included a video recorded on July 10 in which Moreno thanked Correa for the “achievements” he achieved in the decade he served as president.

“I want to take advantage of the end of the civic moment, to say from here, on behalf of the Ecuadorian people, Rafael have a good trip, God bless you and bless your whole family. Thank you in the name of the Ecuadorian people for all the achievements of this decade, and mainly for the benefit of the poorest and unprotected. The revolution continues. The revolution continues.”

Since Moreno’s inauguration as President, he has had discrepancies with several members of his party in addition to Correa, including Marcela Aguiñaga, the Second Vice-President of the National Assembly of Ecuador and Gabriela Rivadeneira, the President of the National Assembly.

Their disagreements began with a proposal to initiate “dialogue” with the opposition, in addition to opening corruption investigations into multiple officials connected to the Brazilian company Odebrecht.

Presidential Advisor Ricardo Patiño announced this week that he will travel with Gabriela Rivadeneira to Belgium, where former President Correa lives, with the intention of seeking a rapprochement between the former president and his successor.

On August 13, Correa called his followers to rebel against Lenin Moreno.

“The ultimate goal (is) to disable me for another candidacy,” said Correa.

“Ecuadorian people rebel, we can not lose what we have won, we can not move backward, back to the past,” said the former President during his program “Digital Link.”

Source: La República

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