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Correa considers vice-presidential run; Problem is he would be arrested if he returns to Ecuador

Claiming that Lenin Moreno has “set Ecuador back 15 years,” former president Rafael Correa said Wednesday that he is considering returning to the country to run for office. Prohibited by the constitution from seeking another term as president, Correa said he might run as a vice-presidential candidate or for a seat in the National Assembly.

Former president Rafael Correa

Correa called the idea of his return to Ecuador “a proposal” at this point, since he faces arrest if he sets foot in the country. A resident in Belgium since leaving office in 2017, the ex-president is wanted for failure to appear at a court hearing about an attempting kidnapping in Colombia that occurred during his presidency. Correa calls his illegal status “an act of political persecution.”

If the charges against him are dropped, Correa said he would lead a campaign to restore the “Citizen Revolution” that he oversaw from 2006 to 2017. “The important thing is to fulfill the historic role of recovering the homeland,” he said in a radio interview in Brussels. Correa added that if he returns he would lead an effort to rewrite the constitution.

Correa said he is “encouraged” by the case of former Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner who has announced her intention of run again for president. Like Correa, Fernández faces legal charges and may be prevented from running by the courts.

In his comments, Correa accused Moreno of criminal activity and said he should go to prison. “In the case of the current president, we are talking about a very serious corruption case. The man must be locked up,” Correa said in reference to the so-called INA papers involving the off-shore banking activities of Moreno’s brother.

Correa conceded that supporters of the Citizens Revolution must find fresh faces for the attempt to retake control of the government. “We need to add new members with new ideas to our cause if we are to succeed in the future,” he said.

Correa claims he had no intention of running for office again when he left the presidency two years ago. “My desire was to retire from politics but if I am needed to restore legitimacy to government I will make myself available,” he said.

44 thoughts on “Correa considers vice-presidential run; Problem is he would be arrested if he returns to Ecuador

  1. Correction, he’s not wanted for failing to appear at a court hearing. He hasn’t been called to testify in that case because he still hasn’t been charged. He’s wanted for failing to check in to the court every 15 days as ordered by the judge. Despite living in Belgium, the judge ordered that he appear at the fiscalia every 15 days. He reported to the consulate in Belgium as the law allows for citizens living outside the country. That was then used as a pretext to issue an arrest warrant. Ecuador has made multiple requests to Interpol for an arrest warrant and they have been turned down every time because, as Interpol has stated clearly, this is clearly nothing more than a case of political persecution.

    That’s been the result of multiple requests for warrants for various individuals. Interpol flatly turns them down. Ecuador has become the country that arrests political opponents in order to “investigate” them, then never comes up with any evidence of a crime. They’re still holding Ola Bini, accusing him of hacking government servers … but they can’t even identify what if any servers were hacked or when said hacking took place. The UN and the OAS have demanded an explanation. The explanation is this is what the Moreno government has been doing since 2017. They lock up anyone they feel like under the pretext of doing an investigation. Then they dig as hard as they can to find something to charge them with. The only difference is now it’s a Swedish national they pulled it on and it’s drawing international attention.

    It’s been over a year and they still haven’t even indicted Correa because then they’d have to actually try the case. They don’t want a trial, they want to lock him up and then make up an excuse to keep him there. Nobody in their right mind would allow this government to lock them up because the justice system was completely dismantled by Trujillo and replaced with a series of kangaroo courts. It’s been clear since the Glas trial that they don’t need evidence of a crime to lock up their political opponents. Welcome back to the Banana Republic.

  2. Correa doesn’t get it that his time is over and that there will be no comeback. On the other, he’s right that Ecuador’s left needs new faces and new energy. The country needs a strong leftist movement since it appears we are facing several more years of neoliberalism.

    1. Lets hope that the Ecuadorian people choose neoliberalism (which creates jobs), democracy and freedom over a leftist jobless dictatorship like Venezuela has. We know how sad it is in Venezuela and Ecuadorian surely don’t need the same problems

      1. No country has ever chosen neoliberalism. It’s always forced on the people, usually through violence and repression. For the record, it’s been implemented in various countries for the past 40 years (usually by dictatorships but sometimes by simply buying off politicians like Moreno) and it has always led to massive poverty and social unrest. It has never delivered on the promises of economic prosperity. There isn’t a single example of a successful neoliberal economy.

        1. What you are saying is not correct. Neoliberalism is free market capitalism which creates jobs. There are many successful countries that are neoliberal. Look at Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand. These are just a few examples of successful neoliberal economies.

          1. None of the countries you cited are neoliberal. We can’t debate a subject if you don’t know the lexicon.

            1. So tell us all what you think neoliberal is? I just had to go look it up and this is what I found on several sites….
              What Is Neoliberalism?
              Neoliberalism is a policy model—bridging politics, social studies, and economics—that seeks to transfer control of economic factors to the private sector from the public sector. It tends towards free-market capitalism and away from government spending, regulation, and public ownership.

              1. You had to look it up but you’re advocating for it? You’re so unaware of anything concerning this subject, you cited socialist countries as examples of neoliberalism. Talk about opening mouth and inserting foot. You’ve just proven to everyone here that you aren’t qualified to offer an opinion on this subject.

                The definition you cite is so broad, it can be applied to almost any school of capitalism. Neoliberalism is a very specific school of economic thought and clearly you have no idea what it is. It has a long and bloody history that anyone with as many strong opinions as you should have been aware of by the age of 30. The fact that you’re completely unaware of that indisputable fact should stand as proof to anyone reading your comments that you aren’t qualified to offer any opinions on this subject.

                But at least now you’re looking things up. I’ll give you a few starting points to Google. Try learning about Milton Friedman, the Chicago Boys during the Pinochet dictatorship, every dictatorship in the Southern Cone for that matter, and the Shock Doctrine. When you’ve familiarized yourself with all of those subjects, I’d be happy to discuss and debate why no democracy on the planet has ever voted to have a neoliberal economy, why it has always been forced on populations against their will, or why there isn’t a single example of neoliberal policies leading to anything other than massive poverty, social unrest and oppressive governments.

                But you’re unaware of all that because you think what they do in Canada or New Zealand is neoliberalism. I hate to burst your bubble, but those are both very good examples of successful socialist economies, the same socialism you’re always railing against.

                1. You continue to criticize me but yet you are wrong in your definition. I am beginning to think you make up things just so you can lambaste others that do not have the same bias as you. You insist on twisting meanings to suite your needs. Since when is wikipedia and all those other sites wrong in their definition.

                  1. I’m not criticizing you. I’m criticizing your argument. You are objectively wrong about neoliberalism. One more example of why Wikipedia is no substitute for an education.

        2. it is funny that you mention ‘buying off politicians like Moreno’ but you say Glas is inniocent even though he was tried and convicted.

            1. Glass is the one in jail. That should be enough evidence for you to be convinced he is guilty

                1. You weren’t holding your breath, were you? Especially when she can’t even get his name right…

          1. Ever notice how nobody can ever answer that question? What’s more plausible?

            a) No media outlet on the planet saw fit to publish a story outlining the evidence against him.

            b) No evidence against him was ever presented.

            Multiple choice. You have a 50/50 chance of getting it right.

  3. Correa wants rewrite the constitution for one reason and one reason only and that is to allow him to run for president again. Gosh I hope the people remember what a leftist socialist Correa is capable of. Look at the problems Venezuela has.

    1. Look at the problems that leftist policies have brought to Norway, Sweden, Norway, France, Germany …..

      Can you name a successful neoliberal economy?

      1. Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand are just a few countries, I can name right off hand, with successful neoliberal economy. The people from anti neoliberal countries are flocking to the neoliberal countries and that is because they know they can gets jobs and provide for their families

        1. What neoliberal countries are people flocking to? You just cited four socialist economies as neoliberal. You clearly have no idea what neoliberalism is. I’ll give you a hint: Haiti is a textbook example of a neoliberal economy.

        1. It speaks volumes about the media in Ecuador that people still don’t understand this issue. Do you know why Ecuador was paying IESS? It’s because there was an effort in the late 90s to privatize it. In order to make it more attractive to investors, the people who hoped to buy it up at pennies on the dollar (the same ones who crashed the economy in 98) passed a law requiring the central government to pay 40% of IESS’s budget. In addition, the central government was to pay for all medical expenses for catastrophic illnesses and retirees. In other words, IESS was to collect contributions from workers over their entire working lifetime, but as soon as they became a cost to the system the taxpayers were to foot the bill. It was a massive scam only possible in a banana republic.

          In 2003 (i.e., 3 years before Correa was elected) the courts ruled that said law was unconstitutional, but corrupt individuals looking to cash in on privatization (which the courts also ruled was unconstitutional) continued insist that taxpayers make this contribution. When Correa came to office, not only were taxpayers paying 40% of the IESS budget, IESS was loaning that money back to the central government at interest. So not only did they scam taxpayers once, they got to do it a second time by double dipping. Correa said enough is enough and cut them off (as the court had already ordered years prior).

          Like almost all social security systems in the western world, IESS is a quasi-private insurance scheme. It appoints its own board and director from within its ranks and the central government cannot tell it how to run its business. It is owned by the state but it runs independently. It is supposed to run on contributions from workers and by making sound investments with its surplus cash. By the time Correa came to office, the only investments they were making was loans back to the same central government that gave them the money in the first place. The only reason the arbitrary 40% government contribution was tacked on was to make it more profitable for those who were to acquire it. Instead of making the politically unpopular decision to raise rates for workers, they relied on money from the central government. However, that money didn’t come from nowhere. It had to be taken from other services such as the public healthcare system (MSP). In other words, in order to give the middle class a break on their insurance rates, money was taken from the poorest of the poor to subsidize a system that is supposed to be self sufficient.

          IESS has been running a surplus for over a decade, so there is no legal or moral reason why taxpayers should subsidize 40% of its operating costs and foot the bill for the most expensive parts of the systems (catastrophic illnesses and retirees). No social security system on the planet operates that way. The courts ruled that the central government was under no obligation to pay the arbitrary 40% of IESS’s budget years before Correa came to office. The press in this country has been trying hard to convince people that it was his fault IESS had to become self sufficient, but the reality is the fault lies with the Mahuad administration and the “Superminister” of Finance Guillermo Lasso who tried to fatten up this hen so that they could come back in and acquire it at pennies on the dollar. They’re so desperate to sell this meme that they tell us that IESS is in crisis even though the last three audits, including the audit done by the Moreno administration, stated that IESS is solvent for at least the next 20 years even without raising rates on workers.

          There is no crisis to anyone except the people who have been licking their chops trying to get their hands on free money. What there is is an insurance system that needs to raise its rates but prefers to blame it on a guy who had no control over its operations or budget. The entire narrative has no basis in law, ethics or sound economic policy. Sadly, we don’t have an honest media that foments discussion of these important issues. That’s why even after all these years, there are still people who believe that there’s a crisis in IESS and that it’s Correa’s fault. Anyone who takes the time to learn about this issue understands that neither is the case. It’s just another manufactured crisis brought to you by the purveyors of the shock doctrine trying to cash in on taxpayer dollars.

          1. we dont have an Honest Media? So Thats why Correa Took Control of the media & Imprisoned anyone who dared challenge him? Go ahead & keep worshipping Correa if you choose, but stop your propaganda. You cant be an authority on Everything jason!!!

            1. This guy jason has to one up everybody or else he is going to take his ball home and tell his mommy!!

              1. Just think how easy it would be to put me in my place by simply refuting any of my statements with actual facts.

                1. E. Palacio, & 3 Executives of El Universo(each last name is Perez). Those are 4. If you want to argue more you will have to do so with youself- i refuse to have a conversation with someone who merely Chooses to Argue. Beat your head against a wall for all i care, knock yourself out

                  1. Just did a Google search and couldn’t find a single Palacio or Perez who was arrested. Nobody from any Ecuadorian press outlet, Fundamedios or Reporters Without Borders mentions them either. It’s amazing how Correa was able to arrest all those critics yet nobody can, not even a true believer like you, can name them. Are you sure you know what you’re talking about?
                    Maybe you were referring to Emilio Palacios, but he was never arrested for anything. He lives in Miami and is trying his hardest to be the Ecuadorian version of Alex Jones but nobody, including Correa, pays any attention to him. He was sued for libel for multiple stories he published claiming that Correa staged 30S (and murdered citizens to boost his approval ratings). He freely admitted in court that he didn’t have a single source or evidence to support any of his claims, but he claimed that as a member of the press he doesn’t have to (seriously, that was his argument in a libel case). The courts felt otherwise (as they would in any country in the western world) and he was ordered to pay damages. He went to Miami instead and then tried to remake his career claiming he was being persecuted by Correa. He got a little traction in the beginning, getting money from the NED and various right-wing NGOs, but they quickly realized that he was useless because he just made up anything that came into his head and never had any evidence to support it. In reality he was a hack who tried desperately to draw attention, going so far as to claim Correa used the presidential plane to smuggle cocaine whenever he went to the UN (seriously, check out his Youtube channel). Everyone continued (and continues) to ignore him except you apparently.
                    The other two you claim are equally absent from any public records. Maybe you could provide actual names that someone can look up instead of something you think you remember. Just a first and last name, I don’t need the second apellido. The internet is easy like that.
                    So again I ask, feel free to name anyone who was jailed by Correa for daring to challenge him. And don’t come back and say “Garcia” or “Pazmiño”. Give the readers enough information to actually verify your outlandish claims.
                    This is the part where you search desperately for something to put me in my place, find nothing, then call me names while declaring I’m not worth your time. That’s how it always goes with people like you (except Esmeralda because she doesn’t care how many times she’s proven wrong in a public forum, she just keeps plowing ahead anyway; such a plucky spirit). You make a claim, I counter it with facts, then you get obsessed with me, mention me in almost all your comments, and never have any counterargument except “he things he knows everything”. Keep in mind that everyone else reading this realizes that when it comes to that, it means what you’ve believed all these years was really just some propaganda from your Facebook feed that you were naive enough to believe and now you’re too proud to admit you were duped.
                    Or you could prove me wrong and put me in my place. All it takes is verifiable facts. So easy if you’re right.

                    1. Or you could prove me wrong and put me in my place. All it takes is verifiable facts. So easy if you’re right.

                      Cue the Jeopardy “think music” on endless loop.

                      The answer slate always comes up empty for these guys.

                    2. When you say “You make a claim, I counter it with facts” … that is not altogether true. Comparing apples to oranges is not a counter to an argument but a shift in subject to justify your bias

                    3. Care to cite an example?

                      (this is the part where you try to change the subject . . . or just ignore the question)

              2. he’s a perfect example of someone who thinks that He is an authority on Everything. he seems to be self-absorbed with his self-perceived intellect. Both are sad traits.

                1. You’re a perfect example of someone who can’t refute an argument with facts so you whine to other people with the same deficiency under the mistaken belief that finding someone who agrees with you somehow means anything you claim is true.

                  Let me know when you come up with those names of the people Correa locked up for daring to challenge him.

            2. Since Correa imprisoned anyone who dared challenge him, you shouldn’t have any problem naming at least one of them.

          2. What do you think it will take for a critical mass of people to finally realize how badly they are being constantly misled and lied to by mainstream media lapdogs?

            1. A media law that holds people criminally and civilly liable for the things they publish.

              But Moreno repealed that.

    1. Correa caused AL of the IESS problems!! Any mature person with the least bit of common sense is aware of that!!!

  4. AH!! Don’t you miss those 5 hour weekend tv rants by Correa showing his support for Castro and his Communist counter parts!!

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