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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Ecuador's Correa Proposes New Court to Oversee Constitution Law

By Stephan Kueffner

Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa proposed forming a new constitutional court, part of his efforts to reshape the Andean country's political framework.

The new top court should ``guarantee the necessary and efficient separation of all the powers of the state,'' Correa, 44, said in a speech in Quito today. It must remain ``independent from pressure by groups with economic or political power,'' he added.

Correa's announcement comes after his Alianza Pais party won a majority of seats last month in elections to choose members of a national assembly that will redraw the constitution. The new court would rule on matters of constitutional law, replacing a tribunal picked by members of congress. A separate court would have jurisdiction over civil and criminal cases.

The new court's members should be picked on merit, not because of political connections, Correa said. Formation of the new court is subject to approval from the assembly that will rewrite the constitution.

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