Ecuador: President Correa Dismisses Military Command for second time in 2016

Posted on December 14, 2016 • Filed under: Ecuador, Police/Military Activity reported that Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa made changes in the military leadership Saturday by removing the joint command of the Armed Forces and the heads of the Navy and the Air Force, but retaining the Army commander.

The Executive issued and signed several presidential decrees formalizing the changes from the coastal city of Milagro, where he heads an itinerant cabinet that travels around the country each week.

Decree 1270 ceases the Joint Command of the Armed Forces Vice Admiral Oswaldo Zambrano Cueva, and designates a replacement. Decree 1271 ceases Commander-in-Chief of the Naval Force Fernando Noboa Rodas. And finally, with decree 1272, Correa appoints Brigadier Patricio Mora Escobar as general commander of the Air Force.

Correa previously dismissed the military high command after being accused of trying to manipulate soldiers in February 2016. The heads of Ecuador’s armed forces allegedly overcharged for land they sold to the Ministry of the Environment to the tune of some US$41 million.

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