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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Ecuador Defends Change Process

Quito, May 11 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuadorian government ratified its sovereign right to bring forward a process of deep reforms through a Constituent Assembly, after the proposal was supported in a referendum last month.

That stance was defended yesterday by President Rafael Correa, who rejected the European Union ambassadors questioning over democracy in the Andean country.

Correa noted the Ecuadorian executive respects democracy, and the future implementation of the Assembly is an example of that, as it provides space for the people s participation in the country s transformations.

"The EU and the world must recognize and support the process Ecuadorians are living, and Europe should be amazed at the popular awareness in the country," the president stressed when questioning the EU diplomats concern over an alleged crisis of powers in the nation.

"Today we are moving towards a National Assembly that allows for a new Constitution, and not absolute powers for me," Correa declared.

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