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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Ecuadorians Back Constituent Assembly, Correa

Quito, Jan 7 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President-elect Rafael Correa asserted on Sunday that 80 percent of the population supports a call to a Constituent Assembly to foster deep political reforms.

Face with this overwhelming support, we should not fear that a parliamentary majority called "road roller" objects the desire of every citizen of moving forward to a Constituent Assembly, Correa said.

The president-elect, who will take over in eight days, told ECUAVISA national television station he does not believe the government and the people will yield to a dictatorship, in reference to the Congress.

"We will not yield to any dictatorship of any kind," he said after calling the Ecuadorians to defend democracy in the streets if necessary.

Correa rejected the plans of Renovador Institucional (PRIAN), Sociedad Patriotica (PSP), Social Christian and Christian Democrat (UDC), most of them parliamentary parties, of wanting to get away with their whims, which are detrimental to the population.

He said the first session of the Legislature admitted he was right: "democracy does not work…, the supposed representatives do not represent absolutely anybody… they represent themselves and their own interests."

The president-elect warned about dirty maneuvers by that majority (65 legislators), trying to reorganize the Supreme Electoral Tribunal and impose a new Attorney General, clearly violating the Constitution.

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