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Monday, July 28, 2008

Ecuador draft constitution passed

BBC, July 25, 2008

A special constituent assembly in Ecuador has overwhelmingly approved a draft of a new constitution sought by the country's President, Rafael Correa.

Ninety-four of the 130 assembly members backed the text, which will be put to a national referendum on 28 September.

The left-wing leader says the reforms, which would allow him to stand again, will tackle political instability and make Ecuador a more just society.

But critics say they will focus more power in the president's hands.

Mr Correa, who made reforming the constitution a key part of his 2007 election campaign, enjoys widespread popular support in his country.

In April, nearly 80% of voters backed his call for an assembly that would bypass Congress and rewrite the constitution. In September, they gave 80 of the 130 seats to his Alianza Pais party.

The 444-article constitution will be the Andean nation's 20th if it is approved in the referendum later this year.

It would enable Mr Correa to run for two new, consecutive terms, and let him dissolve Congress within the first three years of its four-year term.

The document would also give the president functions currently performed by Ecuador's independent Central Bank.

1 comment:

  1. First of all, I'll have you know I put "Ecuador draft constitution" into Google and you were hit #11. So, excellent tagging, chap.

    Also, do you know where I can get a copy of the full text of the draft in English. I have been looking all over the web for it, and I don't think anyone has posted one.

    I think what is going on in Ecuador right now is facinating, and I am very interested to see what the draft constitution specifically details.

    Any help is appreciated. Thanks.