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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ecuador’s Lasso looks to overturn Correa’s revolution



If elected, Mr Lasso would seek membership for Ecuador of the Pacific Alliance, a trade bloc of free-market Latin American countries. This would mean leaving the Venezuela-led Alba bloc. Another change would be to reverse Mr Correa’s position and adopt a tough stance against Mr Maduro’s regime, claiming Venezuela has become “a dictatorship of a single party”. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would also be evicted from Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he been since 2012. Mr Correa’s critics say he has mortgaged Ecuador to China, having borrowed more than $17bn since 2010, according to the China-Latin America Finance Database. Mr Lasso said: “With China we have to broaden the relationship, moving from debt to trade.” More…

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