The government of President Lenín Moreno is interfering in the election of the next President. Last weekend it tried to seize digital content from the database that administers the electoral system. It is attempting to stop the election of Andrés Arauz, the left’s candidate, who topped the first round of the election.
Progressive International statement in defence of Ecuador’s democracy.
Reactionary forces are leading a dirty and dishonest campaign to remove the leading candidate Andrés Arauz and delay the second round of the Presidential election.
According to the government’s official data Ecuador has 10,128 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 507 deaths, as of the 21st April.
Experts estimate that this official data amounts to less than 10% of pandemic’s actual casualties.
Recent events in Latin America entirely refute the claim in the Western media that the right wing was carrying all before it in the continent.
On 3 July the National Court of Justice of Ecuador ordered the preventive detention of the country’s former President Rafeal Correa and requested that he is extradited from Belgium where he is currently living.
US-aligned right wing forces have been advancing in Latin America over the past three years. They have capitalised on the political instability created by an economic crisis which has engulfed the region following the crash in commodity prices in 2014. Their agenda is to reverse the huge social gains delivered by socialist and left wing governments throughout Latin America since the turn of the century and subordinate the region’s governments to US policy.