Street Demonstrations Erupt in Ecuador: Presidential Term Limits abolished from 2021

Posted on December 4, 2015 • Filed under: Conflicts, Ecuador, Politics reported that street demonstrations erupt as National Assembly passes constitutional amendment that paves way for Rafael Correa to be re-elected indefinitely
Ecuador’s National Assembly voted on Thursday to pass a constitutional amendment abolishing presidential term limits from 2021 onwards. A few blocks from the building police clashed with demonstrators who see it as an attempt by President Rafael Correa to tighten his grip on power. Correa, who has been president since 2007, has said he will sit out the next election when his second term finishes in 2017. Analysts see the move as a way of sidestepping rising discontent after his government responded to an economic slump by imposing new taxes and slashing public spending. Protesters wielding sticks battled with riot police and burned tyres in the capital, Quito, in the hours surrounding the vote. Demonstrations against the amendments also took place in Guayaquil and Cuenca. Read Article


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