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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Correa Denounces Destabilizing Attempt

Quito, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa denounced on Tuesday the opposition efforts to destabilize his government, trying to involve Minister of Economy, Ricardo Patino, in acts of corruption.

They are trying to discredit the Executive, noted Correa while reiterating that "Patino is innocent."

He explained that two weeks ago he requested the Minister of Economy to dismiss Quinto Pazmino, one of his aides, due to a series of allegations for acts of corruption.

Correa said that Pazmino "tried to extort money from us, and we rejected it." Now he is presenting mutilated videos without even investigating, he added.

"We had the videos taped, precisely to detect these cases of corruption and show how these people are used to manipulate the market," he explained.

Correa said that Patino is in Paraguay, attending a meeting to create the Bank of the South and tomorrow, when he returns home, "he will clarify this new disgrace."

He called on the people to stay calm, "as this is a tactic to make us lose faith and prevent the changes we want to make."

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