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“Mutual death”, political violence and insecurity: Ecuador’s elections next Sunday

"Mutual death", political violence and insecurity: Ecuador's elections next Sunday

This Sunday, about 13.5 million Ecuadorians will vote, while it goes on The state of emergency declared by the government of outgoing President Guillermo Lasso. Since the August 9 assassination of presidential candidate Francisco Villavicencio, the armed forces have been deployed to support the Ecuadorian police in their crusade to maintain normalcy in the elections held earlier in the year. not an Ecuadorian I expect.

Guillermo Lasso’s neoliberal project which replaced Lenin Moreno’s “Correísmo” two years ago, It ends When the President decided last June to call snap elections, to escape the siege of the National Assembly spread around the President, party leader I BELIEVE movement. The clause of “mutual death” – what the dissolution of the Ecuadorian parliament and the calling of presidential and parliamentary elections mean- It was the tool the former banker used to avoid impeachment proceedings against the president this seemed to be brewing among the members of the congregation.

The Rise and Fall of Guillermo Lasso

Lasso’s party was a minority in the National Assembly, and any change in the balance of power could trigger impeachment proceedings against the President, provided for in Ecuadorian law.

Although Lasso has already been plagued by several scandals related to the embezzlement and with preferential treatment given to various oil companies, the results of Lasso’s political maneuverability in local elections last February They already showed the wear and tear of the conservative politician. The leader had to face a pandemic and the riots on the streets of the main Ecuadorian citiesThe movement reached its climax with the tense demonstrations of the indigenous groups.

Guillermo Lasso | Juan Diego Montenegro v EFE

William Lassoformer executive director of Banco Guayaquil, He became President in 2021, supported by his profile as an experienced business executive, ready to fight populism and implement fiscal containment policies; two years later Lasso withdraws from the political frontbecause neither he – nor any other candidate in the CREO movement – has presented a candidacy for the government of a country marked by a pronounced security crisis, covering the political agenda of the various candidates.

The return of the “Correismo”

Louise Gonzalez, of the Revolución Ciudadana party is the most accessible place the Carondelet Palace. If the forecasts reflected in most polls come true – that gives González 30% of the votes-, the left would govern again in Ecuador, and the party led at the time by Rafael Correa or Lenin Moreno would be in charge of the country. González is a lawyer and in 2017 served as deputy and secretary of the public administration in Ecuador. All pollsters (Telcodata, Tracking, Click Report) Give victory to this candidate.

Luisa Gonzalez | Alejandro Baque / Europa Press

As France 24 reports, the candidate defends a “social justice-based progressivism” – although he opposes the legalization of abortion – and the completion of the Refinería del Pacífico project promoted by political leaders like Correa or Hugo Chávez in 2008but never finished.

Otto Sonnenholzner Alejandro Baque / Europa Press

Perhaps to González’s right is not the CREO movement with a neoliberal character, but correísmo sHe faces two other right-leaning rivals: Otto Sonnenholzer, who was briefly Vice-President to Lenin Moreno, presents a centrist profile in his “Let’s Act” candidacy, heavily focused on strengthening security in Ecuador. The candidate, a well-known radio host, is committed to an ambitious security plan. for setting up an anti-extortion unit and for strengthening border controls in the country. The polls They give you third or fourth place.

security focus

When safety is paramount in the Sonnenholzner programThe fight against mafia and crime makes up almost the entire program of the well-known as “Ecuadorian Rambo”: Jan topic, Former soldier in the Foreign Legion Frenchwould like to apply”steady hand“Against drug trafficking and, like the President Salvadoran Nayib Bukeleadvocates tougher penalties for criminals and more investment in security.

topic, at the head of the coalition”For a country without fear“It would also be third or fourth in the Ecuadorian polls.

The only indigenous presidential candidate is Yaku Pérez, of Quechua descent, a lawyer and activist who was imprisoned four times during Lenin Moreno’s government for his demands. Pérez presents itself as an “ecosocial” alternative focuses on the protection of nature, Social investment and the fight against tax evasion. Some polls give him third and even second place in the elections.

Yaku Perez | Juan Diego Montenegro / Europa Press

Villavicencio’s successor

The last candidate to join the presidential campaign It was Christian Zurita although the journalist would certainly not have preferred to take on this responsibility: Zurita replaces Villavicencio in presidential campaign after the politician was murdered a rally in Quito on August 9; the attack, believed to have been carried out by assassins of Colombian origin, is still under investigationalthough it caused the declaration of a state of emergency that will apply in the country for the next 60 days.

Zurita’s party movement development, moves in an indefinite ideological space, from center-left to center-right. Zurita, who like Villavicencio worked as an investigative journalist, claims to be just as threatened as his friend, explain well who also knows a large body of data linking political corruption to drug trafficking.

When the last valid poll was released the day before Villavicencio’s assassination, the name Zurita did not appear in the polls. although Villavicencio achieved a very different result, according to pollsters. The agency Cedatos granted him the second place, with 12.5% ​​of the votes.

The candidate Christian Zurita | Juan Diego Montenegro / Europa Press

These elections, marked by political violence and discontent, will result in a short legislature; According to the law, early elections will only include a national assembly and a government until the end of the current legislature. in a year and a half Ecuadorians must vote again hoping to solve the economic and security problems that have plagued the country for decades.

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