Ecuador leads Latin America in rate of poverty and crime reduction since 2006, according to UN report

Ecuador’s poverty rate has dropped from 38.3% of the population to 24.2% since 2006, according to a United Nations Report on Worldwide Poverty and the Ecuadorian Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC). “The government of Ecuador has made a priority of reducing poverty over the past decade and the results are impressive,” says the UN […]

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In abortion policy change, Health ministry to emphasize health over law enforcement

Although abortion is illegal in Ecuador, the ministry of health has announced it will no longer play a role in law enforcement. In a Friday directive to its regional office, the ministry said that the new emphasis is for the health of women and confidentiality. Abortion rights supports are applauding the change while abortion opponents […]

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Ex-energy minister says he came home to face justice in a system that is ‘finally independent and not rigged’

Former energy minister Carlos Pareja Yannuzzelli says he decided to return to Ecuador because the country’s justice system is finally independent. “Today, because of the actions of President (Lenin) Moreno, I believe that justice in this country is truly independent,” he said Friday night. “I submit myself to this independent justice system.” Pareja was arrested […]

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Wanted on bribery charges, ex-energy minister surrenders in Quito; Correa suggests that the arrest is ‘political’

Former Ecuador energy minister Carlos Pareja Yannuzzelli surrendered to police Friday night at the Quito airport. Facing a five-year prison sentence for corruption, Pareja fled Ecuador in late September 2016 and has been living in Miami. The surrender was negotiated by National Assembly Speaker José Serrano and Interior Minister Diego Fuentes, who accompanied Pareja on […]

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Google honors Ecuador’s independence day

The search engine Google paid tribute to Ecuador’s first declaration of independence, August 10, 1809, by posting an Ecuadorian image on its home page worldwide. The art, composed of Ecuador’s national colors, shows a toucan in the foreground of a coastal scene. Although Ecuador would eventually win its independence from Spain in1822, the 1809 revolt […]

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Anti-Corruption Commission files suit against ex-president Correa for ‘crimes against humanity’

Ecuador’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (CNA) has filed a law suit against former president Rafael Correa International Criminal Court in the Hague. The legal action accuses Correa of “crimes against humanity.” Chairman of the commission Jorge Rodríguez said the lawsuit was motivated by the former’s president’s mishandling of the national economy and “economic and moral disruption” […]

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Ecuador’s new ‘electronic money’ system should be operational in 2018, the Central Bank says

The director of Ecuador’s Central Bank predicts that a rejuvenated version of  the country’s digital money system will go live in 2018. Following a meeting Monday with private banking and government officials, Verónica Artola, said she believes issues involved in transferring management of the system from the government to private banks will be resolved in […]

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Strong dollar hurts tourism but poor planning, lack of promotion also contribute; Cuenca is a case in point

Why is Ecuador’s tourism industry languishing while neighboring Peru and Colombia attract growing numbers of local and international travelers? The Quito-based Provincial Chambers of Tourism (Fenacaptur) has released the results of a study that place much of the blame on the exceptionally strong U.S. dollar but also show that tour agencies, hotels and restaurants charge […]

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Moreno plans national referendum, sources say

President Lenin Moreno plans to call a “consulta popular,” or national referendum, that could make at least two major changes to the Ecuadorian constitution, sources say. The first would reconsider a constitutional amendment that allows the indefinite re-election of some government officials, including the president. The second could redefine or abolish entirely the Consejo de […]

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In austerity move, Moreno orders cut in government salaries, sale of airplane, cars and other property

President Lenin Moreno has ordered a 10% reduction in salaries for 7,242 government workers, the sale of a presidential jet and hundreds of other assets owned by the government. “The current economic situation requires  the government implement strong austerity measures,” the president said in his Monday night national television broadcast. “We are asking the highest […]

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