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Monday, July 28, 2008

Assembly Defines Ecuador Transition

Quito, Jul 24 (Prensa Latina) The Constituent Assembly determined rules for the Transition Regime in Ecuador if the referendum wins the Constitution during a marathon session concluding early Thursday.

This concerns an extensive day, started Wednesday, with two sessions, in which 14 different issues have been analyzed, whose work concluded today at about 06:00 local time (11:00 UTC).

The Assembly approved the controversial period of transition, reshuffling members of the Justice Supreme Court, and the preamble of the Constitution, a new Transition Law that changed the Supreme Electoral Court membership.

It also agreed unanimously that the ancestral Quichua and Shuar be the official intercultural languages.

The Assembly will go into recess from Saturday to September 28, date for the proclamation of the referendum's results on the Constitution.

This recess could be suspended transitorily by a decision of the Assembly president, due to justified special reasons.

In case that the 20th Ecuadorian Constitution is approved in consultation, the country will declare concluded the deputies period of the Congress ended last November 29 with the creation of the Assembly.

The Constituent should assemble after the referendum results are revealed to conform the Legislative and Supervision Commission and elect members of the National Electoral Council and Contentious Electoral Court .

This commission will work until the creation of the new National Assembly (Parliament), slated for early 2009.

Presidential, parliamentary, prefects, mayors and councillors elections could be convened in this period.

It is expected that the final approval of the constitutional text, which has 444 articles, begins today at 12:00 local time (17:00 UTC).

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