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Ecuador's Rafael Correa Wins Again

Author: Joel D. Hirst, International Affairs Fellow in Residence, 2010-2011
May 17, 2011
Fox News Latino

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A little over a week ago, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa led that Andean nation to yet another national level electoral process, it's sixth in the three years of the Correa administration.

In this referendum, the president asked the country to decide on 10 questions. The questions were as far ranging as a national ban on bull-fighting to a national ban on gambling and casinos.

Nevertheless, there were two questions that emerged as the most controversial. The first asked the citizens for permission to abolish the Supreme Court, to be replaced (for 18 months) by a “transitional judicial council” made up of three members: one selected by the president, another by the Congress (controlled by the president), and the third from the Transparency and Social Control, another branch of government also controlled by the president.

The second question was permission to establish a communications law that would allow the government to regulate content to assure it did not contain messages of “violence, explicit sexuality content or discriminatory messages.” As I write this, the final results are still outstanding; however, it appears that the “yes” vote won by a narrow margin on all 10 questions.

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