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Referendum campaign begins next week with 36 organizations supporting ‘yes’ and four ‘no’

Ecuador’s National Elections Commission (CNE) says it has completed preparations for the campaign for and against President Lenin Moreno’s seven referendum questions. CNE has certified 40 political organizations and parties to participate in the campaign, 36 that support the questions and four that oppose them. The campaign begins officially on Tuesday and ends on February […]

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Canada expels Venezuelan ambassador

Canada has officially expelled the Venezuelan ambassador in response to Venezuela’s recent expulsion of the Canadian ambassador in an ongoing diplomatic tit-for-tat. Ottawa will expel a Venezuelan diplomat and bar that country’s ambassador from returning, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday after the South American nation booted envoys from Brazil and Canada for criticizing […]

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U.S. to renew trade preferences for Ecuador and 121 other countries

Ecuador will continue to enjoy trade preferences with the United States, according to Minister of Foreign Trade Pablo Campana. The preferences, which allow duty free imports worth about $400 million annually to Ecuadorian businesses, are granted to 122 countries that do not have free trade agreements with the U.S. U.S. President Donald Trump signed an […]

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Ecuador names new ambassador to the U.S

Francisco Carrión named Ecuador’s ambassador to the United States, President Lenin Moreno announced Friday. The appointment has been approved by the U.S. State Department. Carrión is a career diplomat, having served as ambassador to France, Spain and Great Britain. In addition, he served as Ecuador’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and […]

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Ecuador, most other Latin American countries condemn U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Ecuador voted with the majority of United Nations General Assembly members Thursday in condemning the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Although several Latin American countries abstained from the vote, only Guatemala and Honduras joined six other UN members in supporting the U.S. Despite its defeat in the assembly, U.S. ambassador […]

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Peruvian President survives impeachment bid on Odebrecht bribery scandal charges

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski survived an impeachment vote in Peru’s congress late Thursday, thwarting an attempt by opposition lawmakers to oust him over ties to the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht implicated in the region’s biggest corruption scandal. Legislators cast their votes after 10 hours of debate over a day that began with the president presenting […]

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Two courts rule against Glas, one rejects sentence appeal, another allows impeachment to proceed

Thursday was not a good day in court for Vice President Jorge Glas. In the morning, the National Court of Justice (CNJ) denied an appeal for suspension of his six-year sentence in the Odebrecht corruption scandal. In the afternoon, the Constitutional Court, Ecuador’s highest court, approved the National Assembly’s request to allow impeachment proceedings to […]

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