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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Ecuador: Majority Support New Constitution

Quito, Aug 5 (Prensa Latina) At least 47 percent of Ecuadorians support the referendum for approving a new Constitution on September 28, a poll revealed here Tuesday.

The poll made by firm SP Investigation and Studies said that if the referendum were Tuesday, 47 percent would vote “Yes” and 20 percent would be in favour of saying “No”.

The study said 13 percent of the interviewed people would vote in blank and 12 percent would annul their vote.

The Ecuadorian Catholic hierarchy challenged the government and warned it would give “a crusade” against a text in favour of abortion and marriage among homosexuals.

For his part Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa assured the Magna Carta guarantees life from the concept and recognition of the family as the union between a man and a woman.

The same way, members of governmental Alianza Pais rejected the vision of the Catholic Church and opposition groups.

Despite the opposition of the Church, sectors of churches are in favour of the new Constitution, with new reforms giving the government tools to regulate the economy.

On July 25, Constituent Assembly president Fernando Cordero delivered the new Magna Carta to the Electoral Supreme Court for the analysis.

On August 13 the project should be under consult for September 28.

With 444 articles and more than 20 transitory dispositions the new Constitution was approved with the vote of 94 of the 126 present National Assembly deputies, while 32 from the opposition voted against.

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