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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Correa Plugs Assembly Vote in Ecuador

Quito, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said on Tuesday that the Constituent Assembly is the way to promote the necessary radical transformation in the country and the vote for it Sunday is key.

Correa rejected the fears and lies opposition groups are sowing regarding the referendum, and ruled out the ideas that he will nationalize the means of production and wipe out dollarization of the economy.

He reaffirmed his call to the 9.19 million registered voters to defend everyone s right to change and to live in a better country without the control of parties.

It is estimated that only 6 million of those registered intend to go to the polls. The Assembly needs to win a little over 3 million votes.

"It would be a disaster for the country, not for me, if the NO wins on Sunday," he told local media.

He explained that the Constituent Assembly proposed to the people in the referendum "is not to get rid of the dollar, but to wipe out the regime of parties, depoliticize justice and trying for a government that improves civil service." With that Assembly, we will recover from the terrible neoliberal model left by the Constitution of 1998, among other issues, he asserted.

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