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Monday, March 19, 2007

Ecuadorians Support Referendum

Quito, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) Massive demonstrations Friday in Ecuador confirm continuing popular support for the national consultation on April 15 and the Constituent Assembly.
Demonstrators in Quito and Guayaquil supported holding the referendum, and rejected actions by 57 former legislators to recover their seats, after the Electoral Supreme Court (TSE) dismissed them for trying to hinder the national consultation.
Students also rallied in front of Congress Thursday, with slogans against the deputies.
In Guayaquil, thousands of persons condemned the former lawmakers, and urged Congress President Jorge Cevallos to resume sessions with the substitutes and deputies of minority groups.
Amid that context, protesters prevented several of the dismissed deputies from entering a hearing analyzing an appeal to make the sanction unlawful.
Meanwhile, Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa stressed the complex situation will be over when Congress restarts its sessions, and affirmed the 57 legislators should resign in a dignified manner.
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