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Monday, July 28, 2008

New Ecuador Constitution Emerges

Quito, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuadorian national political scene is buzzing Saturday about the country's new Constitution, elaborated by the Constituent Assembly, with five days left for its official presentation.

After 494 articles of that legislation were approved on Thursday, the assembly members concluded on Saturday early morning their more extensive plenary session, which began on Friday, reviewing reconsideration of over 100 sections.

The constitutional texts will be ratified on July 24, but it has been anticipated that the final document will be presented on Saturday to the assembly members for a final reading.

The Constituent Assembly plenary will meet on Thursday to ratify article by article of this Constitution and that legislation will be presented to the Supreme Electoral Court a day later, for it to submit it to a referendum, which was scheduled for September 28.

In this last session, they approved reconsiderations of articles about issues related to bank function, retirement, ordinary justice, official language, access to education, and others.

The assembly members rejected a recommendation by indigenous people, who proposed Quechua as official language, together with Spanish, generating a feeling of unease among the indigenous Pachakutik movement representatives.

A proposal of temporary regime, which will be included in the Constitution and establishes the steps to follow in case that either the "yes" or the "no" wins in the September referendum, is yet to be approved.

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