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Friday, November 30, 2007

Ecuador for Constituent Revolution

Quito, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador implements Thursday its citizens" revolution with the creation of the full powered National Constituent Assembly, to reform the State"s institutional framework and draw up a new Constitution.

The 130 assembly members are to open sessions at the Ciudad Eloy Alfaro architectural complex in Montecristi, Manabi, which will be for six months the center for political discussions of the Andean nation.

Sessions are to begin at 09:00 local time with the election of the directive board, whose presidency will fall on former minister Alberto Acosta, from the Country Alliance Movement and the candidate with the most votes in the September 30 elections.

With 80 seats in this Assembly, the Country Alliance Movement also aims to hold the two vice presidencies and propose Fernando Cordeo and Anmiya Benano to hold such posts.

It is expected that the country appoints chiefs and members of the 10 commissions, which will be made up of 13 assembly members each.

Among aims of the Assembly is deepening the reform process started here on January 15 with Correa"s inauguration, building the 21st century socialism and a society of producers and owners, and undertaking political, economic and social transformations to implement a national planning system.

Also on the list is to create bases to achieve an active and participative democracy.

The new Constitution, to be ratified in a referendum in 2008, must also recover rights to property, housing, social security, and healthy environment, as well as vindicate education and free health.

The opening act will be held Friday in the presence of Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, as well as ministers, statesmen and other figures.

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