Ecuador: Thousands march denouncing elimination of term limits without referendum

Posted on November 21, 2014 • Filed under: Conflicts, Ecuador, Politics reported thousands of people marched on Wednesday in Ecuador against the leftist government of President Rafael Correa, denouncing a move that would allow him to extend his rule beyond 2017.

Union members, students, teachers and indigenous peoples gathered in the capital Quito and other cities for the second march in two months in opposition to the socialist leader. In office since 2007, Correa was re-elected in February 2013 to a four-year term, the last he is currently allowed under the law.

However, in late October, Ecuador’s Constitutional Court gave lawmakers the green light to set new rules on term limits that would allow Correa to extend his rule beyond 2017. Around 3,000 protesters marched under police surveillance in Quito, following a September anti-government rally in which 34 officers were injured and 53 people taken into custody. Read Article

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