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Friday, July 06, 2007

Ecuadorian government defines reforms for Constituent Assembly

QUITO, July 5 (Prensa Latina via Granma). — Political and economic reforms are the Ecuadorian government’s most important proposals for action by the upcoming Constituent Assembly, which is to be installed on October 30.
These proposals were made by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa to the National Council on Higher Education, which is charged with drafting the new Constitution.
According to Correa, the Constituent Assembly is essential and historic for the country, and its success “will depend on the support it receives from citizens to achieve these very important changes.”
If citizens on this September 30 elect the same people as always, the nation will continue on as it was before last January 15 – higher prices for electricity and water, privatizations, and the concession of its sovereignty to foreign powers, the president emphasized.
The leader said that he proposed changes article by article, but the most important are the political and economic reforms.
Referring to economic changes, Correa noted his administration’s determination to get rid of the current neoliberal model and undertake deep-going reforms that would facilitate a better distribution of wealth.
Ecuador needs an economy that is truly about solidarity, and not this barbarity of dog-eat-dog, the long and sad neoliberal night, he concluded.
Translated by Granma International

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