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Friday, March 02, 2007

Ecuador Set to Hold Popular Referendum

Quito, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador s TSE (Election Supreme Court) decided on Thursday to hold a popular plebiscite on April 15 for the establishment of a National Constituent Assembly with full powers.

TSE President Jorge Acosta pointed out that people would be called on radio and television tonight to participate in the referendum, adding that the TSE is responding to a demand from the Ecuadorian people.

The decision to call a referendum was made after the Economy Ministry transferred 16 million dollars for expenses, and the presidency of the Republic handed over an amended statute of the Constituent Assembly.

Acosta will also announce the Assembly's rules, which will be included on the ballot, which will have only one question: "Do you approve of calling and establishing a National Constituent Assembly to draw up a new Constitution?"

TSE spokespersons said that four out of seven members supported the call for a referendum. They were the representatives of the Democratic Left, Alianza Pais, Roldosista and Patriotic Society parties.

Those against were the right-wing organizations Social Christian and Institutional Renovating parties. The representative of the Democratic Christian Party abstained from voting.

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