Rafael Correa, A Former President Still In Power In Ecuador

2021-02-04   |   by CusiGO

Ecuador stalled for two days because of the election results. There was a big gap between the first and second candidates, but it was not enough for lenning Moreno to win in the first round. In a country that has been seriously divided, delays in the delivery of votes from rural areas have exacerbated tensions. On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, more than 60 hours after the voting, outgoing President Rafael Correa convened the international media at the Palacio de Carondelet de Quito. That morning, the president, who has been in power for 10 years, announced that he planned to move to Belgium, where his wife lives, but he promised that if he won the second round of elections, he would have to go back to “the historic moment of need.”.

Correa left the presidency, and these elections have become a referendum on his legacy. Moreno won the playoffs in April, and his candidate and former vice president have been close collaborators in his political program since the start of the so-called civil revolution. However, the victory brought a rebound effect to the former president, worse than the victory of the opposition. In this Sunday’s election, Correa’s image maintained a huge symbolic significance, with Andre é s arauz, a supporter from Brussels, one of the most popular candidates. More than 13 million Ecuadorians have decided the country’s future in the shadow of an increasingly fierce dispute between the former president and the current ruler.

“Traitor”; “worst president in history”; “dishonest”; “rogue”. Correa has invested a lot of energy in the campaign, serving Moreno almost every day. The personal and ideological break with the past is not immediate, but rapid. As early as the end of December 2017, his right-hand man called his predecessor “another opponent.”. In an interview with the national, he quoted J.R.R. Tolkien as describing his evolution into a Gollum like villain. “If you are betrayed, it is not the fault of the betrayed, it is the fault of the traitor,” the former president, who has experienced a period of economic growth and expansion in the Andean countries, said in another conversation with this newspaper

Apart from the human side, this confrontation has had an impact on the entire political committee. “They won’t let me come back because they know if I can be a candidate, I’ll beat them again,” Correa said after the local elections in 2019. The politician faces about 20 investigations that he attributes to Moreno’s own persecution. Ecuador’s judiciary eventually sentenced him to eight years in prison for bribery and disqualified him, so he was unable to succeed as vice president. Their candidates overcame all kinds of obstacles in the campaign process and were finally able to join the “unite for hope” platform led by 36 year old young leader alaz, who served as Minister of knowledge and talent from 2015 to 2017.

Although Lenin Moreno, who will leave the witness stand in May, has not pushed any candidates, Correa is still at the forefront of the political struggle to some extent. The 57 year old American economist, a former president, is one of the most outstanding representatives of so-called socialism in the 21st century. Ten years ago, socialism dyed red the map of Latin America from Venezuela to Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador or Bolivia. In a dollarized economy highly dependent on oil prices, it has adopted a “good life” policy, increased spending and invested in infrastructure.

He stepped down in a depression and a country of political opposition. However, Ecuador has never reached the level of tension or division in Venezuela, and the conservative opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso, one of the most likely candidates to enter the second round on Sunday, failed to win the 2017 match against len Moreno. His personality inspired passion. Despite his love and hatred, with his popularity still high in society, especially among the grassroots, the former president was accused of attempting to launch a coup during the indigenous protests at the end of 2019. Now Ecuadorians’ willingness to win their first election 14 years later is being measured again, even indirectly.