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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Ecuador Moves to Elect to Assembly

Quito, Feb 27 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador s Interior Minister Gustavo Larrea ratified on Tuesday that each group or organization will need one percent of signatures to present candidates for the Constituent Assembly, expected this year.

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa was to deliver a modified statute to the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) today, including proposals made by legislators, Larrea informed via TV.

He said the statute would be codified, including Decrees 02 and 054, plus some of the Congress resolutions that "do not distort the consult."

As an example, he said congressional proposals to the contrary, age will not be a factor for candidacy, and the time limit to convoke the Assembly - once the referendum wins - will be 150 days, not 125 as stated earlier.

Larrea clarified there will also be a period for the population to reject candidates or Assembly members.

Concluding with the determination of having the Constituent Assembly this year, he said the plans are for it to be installed in October.

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