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ECUADOR VOTES FOR NEW NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

Ecuadorians go to the polls on Sept. 30th to decide who will draft and approve their new national constitution.Voters approved the creation of a Constitutional assembly in April this year after a sharply contested constitutional battle that pitted the executive and legislative branches against each other. Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa staked his presidential campaign on the referendum issue and has vowed to bring Ecuador into the coalition of Latin America’s 21st century socialist states. Correa, like his counterpart in Venezuela, bet that Ecuadorians were tired of the continued political instability and would support his populist calls for reform. He was rewarded with a broad public mandate after the presidential elections and again when over 80 percent of the public supported his call to rewrite the constitution. A popular president bent on deep institutional reforms would seem like exactly the right medicine for Ecuador at this point in its history. Given the extended instabili…