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Friday, October 03, 2008

Ecuador Constitution Campaign Ends

Quito, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) The campaign for the vote on the new Ecuadorian Constitution ended Thursday with rallies and marches performed by those supporting and opposing the referendum.

After 45 days of intense work and 3 days before the nation makes its decision at the polls, political movements and social groups are putting their last efforts toward getting out the vote.

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa is leading a massive rally to close the electoral campaign held this Thursday in Guayaquil, city 260 miles southwest Quito.

Correa arrived in Guayaquil on Tuesday and has opened social projects and granted housing credits, apart from supporting the vote in favor of change and a better Ecuador.

Alianza Pais, movement of which Correa is member, is hosting the political and cultural event at the Modelo stadium and welcoming ministers, Assembly members and leaders of national social and indigenous organizations.

To Correa, the upcoming constitutional vote will define the future of the nation because "it is not a vote for president or mayor, it is a vote for change in the political system."

He warned that a victory of the social-Christian opposition might trigger destabilizing events as happened in Bolivia with President Evo Morales.

Social-Christian mayor of Guayaquil Jaime Nebot said he will not uphold the Constitution if his city votes "no."

Nebot is supported by businessmen and a hierarchical Catholic and Evangelic church group that thinks this is a pro-abortion Constitution, although the article about life specifies the State guarantees life from birth.

Over 9 million voters have been called to vote for the Constitution on Sunday.

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