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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Ecuador President Removes Police Head

Quito, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa removed the Police general comander, Gen. Bolivar Cisneros, and appointed Gen. Jaime Aquilino Hurtado Vaca as the new minister, who will take up his post on Wednesday.

Cisneros' removal has been decided right after dismissal of Defense Minister Wellington Sandoval, who leaves his post due to the controversial performance of the intelligence services during the crisis unleashed with Colombia.

Government palace spokespeople said the decision of dismissing the police commander is related to the inadequate work by the intelligence service of that public force after the Colombian bombing against an Ecuadorian area on March 1.

Cisneros confirmed that he put his post at the head of State's disposal, but denied any negligence in handing over information to the president.

Correa denounced on Friday that the Ecuadorian intelligence services have been penetrated by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and demanded concrete actions to end this situation.

He complained for having received wrong information from the military intelligence service and said Ecuadorian agents gave information to the CIA and Colombia instead.

National media said a meeting between the head of State and the military top command was suspended and new appointments to the Defense Ministry and the National Police were announced

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