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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Ecuador Clears Way for Assembly

Quito, Mar 9 (Prensa Latina) The People’s will triumphed in Ecuador over the “political mafia,” said Rafael Correa in a speech after removal of most of the Congress for interfering in a Constituent Assembly referendum.

Correa added that these groups were mistaken about the decision of the Ecuadorian people to seek transformations in the country.

“Noble people, proud people, sovereign people are winning over those who intended to dominate us and treat us like slaves. They believed that a popular government was going to submit to threats by the usual power elite,” the president stated.

The Electoral Court decided to remove 57 of the 100 hundred members of the single-chamber Congress for interfering in the call for a Constituent assembly referendum, mostly Institutional Renewal Party of National Action and other opposition parties.

This occurred after they had decided to substitute the president of the Electoral Court, Jorge Acosta, in reprisal for calling a referendum on April 15 over a Constituent Assembly with full powers to rewrite the constitution.

Chancellor Maria Espinosa rejected criticism of the decision recalling that the president had close to 90 percent support of the Ecuadorian people.

Correa warned that the popular consultation and the Constituent Assembly with full powers “are irreversible.”

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