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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Ecuador Mafia Fears Assembly

Quito, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) The Electoral Supreme Court´s (TSE) decision to send to Congress the proposed popular consultation, made by President Rafael Correa, has ignited political turmoil in Ecuador.

Social and political movements announced actions against the TSE ruling, and called people to the streets to save the referendum favoring a Constituent Assembly.

Though hundreds of Ecuadorians on Tuesday gathered outside the TSE headquarters demanding that a plebiscite be immediately summoned, the entity challenged them by taking the issue to parliament.

For Manuela Gallego, leader of Alianza Pais party, the TSE decision demonstrates political mafias in Ecuador, who do not want to lose their privileges.

Gallego reiterated the need to defend the plebiscite and set up a Constituent Assembly to reform the State and carry out profound changes.

President Correa also rejected the ruling, which he called unlawful.

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