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Friday, February 15, 2008

Correa to Ecuador: Give Peace a Chance

Quito, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador has the opportunity today to change peacefully with the approval of the new Constitution being drawn up by the Constituent Assembly, President Rafael Correa affirmed on Wednesday.

If the new Constitution is rejected in the coming referendum, "the country will have lost the last chance to change in peace," Correa stressed in a radio address.

"I personally would not lose anything if the Constitution is rebuffed, but the country would," he stressed.

Correa also denied stories that the Executive has its own constitutional project ready for the Assembly, and that it is pressuring Assembly members.

The president expressed pleasure that there is no longer a power battle between Congress and the Executive.

Referring to the new Constitution, he pointed out "basically it must contain principles more than regulations."

During the elections, the people "will decide if the government has done right or wrong, but we must not put everything in the Constitution, because that is a serious mistake," he concluded.

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