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Sunday, September 30, 2007
By Steven L. Taylor

Via the BBC: Ecuador votes for new assembly

The people of Ecuador are choosing a new constituent assembly designed to radically alter how the country is run.

President Rafael Correa wants the 130-member body to dissolve Congress and cut traditional parties’ powers.

Mr Correa, who came to power in January, says the assembly will bring politics back to the people after years of corrupt and inept governments.

One may recall that this is the result of a referendum from back in April after a series of confrontations between the president and the congress (see here, here and here).

If anything, there appear to be some, um, colorful candidates:

Among the candidates are several former beauty queens, a long-haired monk who walks the streets urging voters to take from the rich and a masked crime fighter known as The Punisher who says his face is covered because he is allergic to corruption.

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2 Responses to “Ecuador Votes on a Constituent Assembly”

  1. PoliBlog ™: A Rough Draft of my Thoughts » President Correa Claims Vicotry in Ecuadoran Constituent Assembly Election, Actual Results Unclear Says:

    [...] Here’s a follow-up on a story posted yesterday (via the BBC): BBC NEWS | Americas | Ecuador president claims poll win Official results from the vote are yet to come, but exit polls show Mr Correa’s party heading for a strong majority in the new assembly. […] The 44-year-old president’s Alianza Pais party hopes to win more than two-thirds of the vote necessary to implement the changes he has promised. […] But the BBC’s South America correspondent Daniel Schweimler says more than 3,200 candidates and a complex voting system has left many voters undecided or simply confused. [...]

  2. Ecuador » Blog Archives » Ecuador must dissolve the National Congress! Says:

    [...] Ecuador Votes on a Constituent AssemblyVia the BBC: Ecuador votes for new assembly. The people of Ecuador are choosing a new constituent assembly designed to radically alter how the country is run. President Rafael Correa wants the 130-member body to dissolve Congress and … [...]


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