Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s Most Litigious President in Recent History

By: Ysol Delgado - Sep 11, 2016, 10:09 pm
Among all the complaints , 10 have been for slander, libel, false testimony and perjury (Vívelo Hoy)
Rafael Correa has filed lawsuits against Ecuadorians for slander, libel, false testimony, and perjury. (Vívelo Hoy)

EspañolRafael Correa, the president of Ecuador since 2007, has filed 21 lawsuits during his tenure, more than any other Ecuadorian president since 1979, according to an investigation by local newspaper El Comercio.

In 13 of the legal complaints between June 2008 and September 2016, Correa acted as a citizen rather than chief of state. Of those lawsuits, 10 were for libel, slander, moral damages, perjury, and false testimony.

He received a favorable ruling in at least eight of these trials.

Miguel Puente, an Ecuadorian political analyst, told El Comercio that public officials should be more tolerant of criticism, because they are constantly exposed to public scrutiny.

However, Puente stated that this does not mean citizens can launch all sorts of attacks, for moral damage is a crime under Ecuadorian law.

On the other hand, legal expert Joffre Campaña, himself sued by Correa, argued that the president shouldn’t have been able to file those lawsuits as a citizen.

But both experts agreed that a lack of independence among the branches of government has benefited Correa in his lawsuits.

These trials are intended to “sow fear among citizens,” Campaña claimed. When people see the president bringing lawsuits against people for expressing their views, they will refrain from criticizing the government, the reasoning goes.

As for Puente, he believes Correa’s lawsuits aim to exert more control over Ecuadorian society.

In the most recent trial involving Correa, the accusation sought to punish four navy officers for allegedly hurting and disrespecting the president’s image.

Correa’s lawyers, however, claimed that these lawsuits are not motivated by political goals.

Source: El Comercio.

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Ysol Delgado is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post from Mexico City. She specializes in public relations, digital marketing, and investigative journalism. Follow her on Twitter: @Ysolita.

As Hillary Wades Through Criticism, Bill Won’t Stay Quiet for Long

By: Max Radwin - Sep 11, 2016, 7:38 pm
Bill Clinton

Political campaigns can often be dirty affairs, and the 2016 US presidential election has proven to be one of the mouthiest and most mudslinging in recent memory. Most of that has been one-sided, coming from Republican candidate and New York native Donald Trump against anyone who disagrees with him, as well as his opponent Democrat Hillary Clinton. But while Hillary has been appropriately vocal, her husband — former President Bill Clinton — hasn’t been as outspoken as he has been in the past. Read more: Colombia Readies Block Against Uber, But Not Without a Fight But that looks to have changed, as the 42nd President has begun to attack Trump while also defending himself of recent weeks. “We live in a Snapchat-Twitter world. It’s so much easier,” he reportedly said, “just to discredit people and call them names.” Much of the campaign season’s harshest criticism have focused on Hillary thus far, which has been, campaign officials said, an intentional decision. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); “His reputation has suffered some since he left the presidency,” presidential senior advisor David Gergen told the New York Times. “There’s no desire on the part of Bill Clinton and his followers to make him the center of the campaign. They want to make Hillary the center of the campaign. So he’s had to take some things. He’s had to fight with one hand tied behind his back.” But Trump and others have continued to make offhanded remarks about Bill’s record as president as if it were connected to Hillary’s own campaign — whether it be about healthcare, international trade policy or immigration — but the insults have also begun to grow personal. Trump accused Bill of abusing women and reportedly made numerous references to his scandal with White House intern Monica Lewinski. More recently, Trump highlighted the questionable nature of some of the donations that were made to the The Clinton Foundation. Read more: The Truth About Colombia’s FARC Peace Deal “I got tickled the other day when Mr. Trump called my foundation a criminal enterprise,” Bill said during a speech in North Carolina. In a speech given in Detroit, Michigan, Clinton said “All we’ve done is save lives.” Source: New York Times.

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