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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Ecuador names another police chief


Al Jazeera

Rafael Correa, Ecuador's president, has appointed his third police chief this week and his fourth since taking office on January 15.

Correa, a leftist former economy minister who has promised to reform the agency hit by corruption scandals, replaced Paco Teran with Bolivar Cisneros late on Friday.

Teran had replaced Mario Moran, who was sacked after less than one day on the job.

"Many top police officers have had serious accusations of being linked to corruption and we want to tap on young officers with a new mentality," said the 43-year-old president on Saturday.

Some analysts said Cisneros may be the president's final choice to the top police job because Correa has successfully removed older officers from the institution.

An ally of Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, Correa has asked senior police officers for their resignation letters.

A common practice in Ecuador, it allows presidents to decide who keeps their jobs in a new administration.


But the officers have refused to comply. Some analysts say Correa may have decided to name each of them to the top job, then fire them to purge the police department without appearing to conduct a major shake-up.

Ecuador has struggled with instability over the last decade during which three presidents have been ousted by political turmoil, street protests and congressional battles.

Many Ecuadorians were attracted by Correa's call for change. But he could face a struggle with ministers who want to ensure he does not erode their political influence.

Death of a minister

Correa said on Saturday that he will name a woman to the top security job after the death of Guadalupe Larriva, the country's first female defence minister.

"It's important for the ministry to be headed by a woman. Guadalupe's maternal heart was able to do more than the strong hand of the generals," Correa said in his weekly radio interview show.

He said that the next minister will also come from Larriva's home province of Azuay

Guadalupe Larriva was killed in a mid-air collision of two helicopters after only nine days in office.

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