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Ecuador headed down Venezuelan road?
Posted by: mcq on Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Can't get your way legally? Then just dismiss those constitutionally standing in your way. Like your equivalent of the Supreme Court:
Ecuador's popular president tightened his hold over all branches of government Tuesday, sending police to prevent the return of opposition lawmakers as his tentative majority in Congress dismissed all nine members of the nation's highest court.

The Constitutional Tribunal on Monday had ordered the reinstatement of opposition lawmakers who had tried to block a constitutional referendum.
The excuse, of course, is "corruption" so it's a move with popular support. But then the same excuse was used in Venezuela by Hugo Chavez and the result was dictatorship:
Correa scorned the tribunal's authority, surrounding Congress with police officers Tuesday to prevent the ousted lawmakers from returning, and some of their replacements were among the 52 members of the 100-member body who voted to fire the judges, arguing that their terms had expired in January.

If the ousted lawmakers were to retake their seats, Congress would return to opposition hands. They were meeting to plot their next move. But given that Correa now controls the courts, the legislature and the executive branch, that appears increasingly unlikely.
Unfortunately, a free Ecuador seems equally as unlikely.
 
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My wife was born in Hollywood, but both her parents were Euadorian citizens at the time. Both eventually attained US citizenship (although she hasn’t seen her abusive father since she was a girl in the 70s).

Ecuadorians, like other latin Americans, often lean socialist. There is a reason Ecuador has all kinds of problems . . .
 
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