Pamplonada festival: The running of the bulls in Píllaro is mostly about having fun, the mayor says

The final numbers or in from Monday’s running of the bulls at the Pamplonada festival in Píllaro. More than 12,000 tourists showed up to witness 25 injuries, most of them minor. “It was a fantastic day for Píllaro,” proclaimed Patricio Sarabia, mayor of the small town in Tungurahua Province. “This is always a great occasion […]

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Alianza País seeks reconciliation between Moreno, Glas and Correa but prospects are dim

It was billed as an effort to reconcile differences between President Lenin Moreno, Vice President Jorge Glas, and former president Rafael Correa. Instead, a Monday morning meeting at Alianza País (AP) headquarters in Quito between Glas and party members turned into a forum for the vice president to attack his critics. “There is persecution being […]

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Activity intensifies at Reventador volcano

Ecuador’s Geophysical Institute (IG) reported Sunday that lava flows were visible on the flanks of the Reventador volcano and that an “intensification process is underway.” Although the volcano poses no immediate threat to populated areas, IG said a major eruption could have a “significant impact” on the northern half of Ecuador, particularly on Quito. A […]

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Country’s inflation rate remains negative; Ecuador leads Latin America in lowest inflation rate

Ecuador’s inflation rate for July was -0.14%, the third consecutive month of modest decline. For the year, according to the National Institute of Statistics (INEC), inflation is running at a negligible one-tenth of one percent. The purchases that contributed most to negative inflation in July, said INEC, were food and non-alcoholic beverages, recreation and cultural […]

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Odebrecht says it paid Glas $14.1 million between 2012 and 2016; Claims Glas’ uncle was the intermediary

In testimony presented to Brazilian prosecutors, the Odebrecht official who paid bribes to dozens of Ecuadorian government officials and business contractors, says he transferred $14.1 million to Vice President Jorge Glas. José Conceição Santos, who was Ecuador manager for Odebrecht operations, says the money was channeled through Glas’ uncle, Ricardo Rivera, between 2012 and 2016. […]

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Moreno strips VP Glas of all responsibilities

President Lenin Moreno has removed Vice President Jorge Glas from all official functions, including oversight of the council that manages natural resources, including oil production. By executive decree, Glas’ vice presidential responsibilities with the Council of Production, the Tax Advisory Council, and the Committee for (earthquake) Reconstruction and Reactivation have been terminated. Moreno signed the […]

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Glas declares war on Moreno; Despite new bribery allegations, VP says he will not resign

Vice President Jorge Glas lashed out at President Lenin Moreno in a press release Wednesday afternoon, claiming that Moreno has abandoned the political principles established by former president Rafael Correa. Despite growing pressures for his resignation, Glas said he would not step down voluntarily. Glas’ comments came a day after publication of a conversation transcript […]

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Odebrecht official says bribes were paid to VP Glas; Taped conversations indicate money link to uncle

For the first time since the Odebrecht corruption scandal broke, a company official says that bribes were paid to Ecuador Vice President Jorge Glas. Glas has repeatedly denied any connection to the scandal despite the fact that his uncle Ricardo Rivera has been charged with receiving millions in bribes from the Brazilian construction company. Glas […]

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Although Ecuador does not condemn Venezuela vote, neither does it support President Nicolás Maduro

Although Ecuador did not join seven other Latin American countries in condemning Sunday’s national constituent assembly election in Venezuela, it also did not support the government of President Nicolás Maduro. The public statement by Foreign Relations Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa, calling for a “process that seeks peace in Venezuela” represents a break from recent Ecuadorian […]

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