The people of Ecuador are rising up to refound their country as a pluri-national homeland for all. This inspiring movement, with Ecuador's indigenous peoples at its heart, is part of the revolution spreading across the Americas, laying the groundwork for a new, fairer, world. Ecuador Rising aims to bring news and analysis of events unfolding in Ecuador to english speakers.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa Takes Oath for Second Term

Quito, Aug 10, (RHC).- Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa was sworn into office for his second term on Monday. Shortly after taking the oath of office, the Ecuadorian president addressed the nation and the world, saying that “the Civic Revolution has arrived and now belongs to everyone."

At the legislative chambers of the National Assembly, Rafael Correa was accompanied by a number of his counterparts from around the region, including Cuban President Raúl Castro, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, and the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet.

In his speech, the Ecuadorian leader noted that in the past ten years, his country has seen seven presidents, referring to several of his predecessors who were thrown out by popular uprisings. Correa pointed out that Ecuador was "ungovernable" for long periods of time, but that thanks to the people's commitment to the struggle, the long road to change that situation in the country had begun.

President Rafael Correa, in another part of his speech, called on the bankers and media owners of the country to stop their attacks against the revolutionary movement and join with the people of Ecuador in building a new future.

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