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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Ecuador Natives Call Prez to Shape Constituent Assembly

Quito, Feb 12 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian Indigenous Nationality Confederation (CONAIE) leader Luis Macas urged President Rafael Correa on Monday to stop negotiating with the political parties, and establish a Constituent Assembly.

"We say to the president that he has to retake what the people want: a Constituent Assembly fully empowered. The government and the acting social movements are aware, so far, of the need for a change," Macas said in this capital.

A period of mobilizations began on Monday to press the Congress and the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) to give way to the referendum for a "fully-empowered" Constituent Assembly, he asserted.

The top CONAE leader said the marches on Monday and Tuesday will try to avoid a negative decision by the Legislature, about the referendum proposal, and that the Assembly´s statute is altered.

"The Constituent Assembly has to be fully empowered, because if not, the people will make its own Assembly in the streets," he warned.

The country is facing a historic bill for all Ecuadorians, and the path chosen by the citizenship can not disappear into oblivion again, he stressed.

Macas asserted that the Legislature is in charge of making the TSE responsible for the referendum, and the head of State should stop negotiating with the political parties, because if he does not, this process will take the lane of delays and obscurity.

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