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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Ecuador Assembly Starts Sessions

Montecristi, Ecuador, Dec 3 (Prensa Latina) The National Constituent Assembly in Ecuador starts labors Monday as a full powered institution.

Alberto Acosta, president of the Constituent Assembly, stated Sunday that the country will determine the assembly members' working rules and did not discard the possibility of also adopting new resolutions.

The bylaws must be drawn up and approved in about seven days, because so far the behavior of 130 members from that body is controlled by a temporary set of guidelines instated during Thursday's first session.

The Country Alliance Movement, with 80 seats in the Constituent Assembly, has a working rules draft, to be presented by the minority.

After approving those guidelines, the Assembly, whose mission is to draw up a new constitution and reform the State's institutions, will create the 10 working commissions.

This concern in constituent tables with 13 members each, includes Development, Fundamental Rights, Territorial Order, Work and Production, and a Legislative Model.

In Thursday's first session, the full powered Assembly ratified President Rafael Correa in his post and suspended the National Congress for an indefinite period.

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