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Correa could be a vice presidential candidate

Although they have not yet decided on a presidential candidate, some members of Citizen Revolution (CR) say they know who should run for vice president: Former president Rafael Correa.

Former president Rafael Correa

“It is the feeling of the Citizen Revolution leadership as well as many Ecuadorian citizens that Rafael Correa should appear on the ballot as a candidate for vice president,” said Virgilio Hernández, executive secretary of CR. “We are aware of the risks with this plan but believe that having Rafael on the ballot will be a rallying strategy for the leftist movement.”

Correa is not allowed to run again for president following a 2017 national public referendum that limited presidents to two four-year terms in office.

Among the risks Hernández refers to is the fact that Correa could be arrested if he returns to Ecuador to campaign. Pre-trial arrest warrants have been issued for the former president in two pending legal cases, one involving a 2012 kidnapping and the other for bribery. Another risk is that if he is found guilty in either case prior to the February 2021 election, Correa’s name would be removed from the ballot.

Daniel Crespo, a political consultant and former presidential advisor, says the idea of running Correa for vice president is a symptom of the confusion among the country’s political left. “Given the deep divisions in ideology and strategy, the leftists are looking for symbols and, in my opinion, Correa is a very divisive symbol,” he says. “Many in the left, including some indigenous organizations and the Popular Unity party, want to build a new movement without the Correistas, and many in that effort will not vote for CR under any circumstance.”

Another political analyst, Carlos Esteban, agrees that the left is deeply divided and says it could hurt its chances in the coming election. “On the other hand, the right is also divided, which means that it is anyone’s game at this point,” he says. “One point that cannot be ignored is that Correa still has strong public support that may be growing stronger due to the ineptitude of the current government.”

12 thoughts on “Correa could be a vice presidential candidate

  1. So, the left and the right are both deeply divided. How about we stick to a path of moderation.

  2. AS the charges and cases sort of dissolve into nothing among the masses of 3 second attention span activists. tragic.

  3. How can he be a VP Candidate if he Refuses to return to Ecuador? Arent there still arrest warrants for him???

  4. Left wing electoral politics and social movements need to move beyond identification with a single prime leader. President Rafael Correa did amazing things to improve Ecuador. Most expats are unaware that if not for Correa’s changes, they never would have decided to move to Ecuador.

    The lawfare attacks on Correa – politically motivated legal prosecutions – are despicable and anti-democratic and need to be opposed. These prosecutions are disgustingly low – they don’t even try to advance them to a trial in which Correa could be acquitted, because the prosecutions, allegations, and arrest warrants are serving their purpose of keeping Correa out of Ecuador. Correa should be rehabilitated and the arrest warrants lifted, allowing him to return.

    That said, left wing parties and social movement need to develop more national leaders and should not be reliant on one person. This is especially true if Citizen’s Revolution’s clinging to Correa as their leader prevents them from working with other left and progressive forces.

  5. It would be wonderful to see Mr Correa come back to Ecuador but before he does anything he will be going to trial for all the charges against him! Leftism in Latin America is in a death spiral I’m afraid.

    1. Actually, there is no reason to delay the trials just because Correa isn’t here. He could be tried in abstentia. However, the government has made no moves to do so, probably because they are happy that the pending charges are keeping Correa away. It’s really Ecuador’s legal system, and politicians in office who think they can use it to avoid political opposition by prosecuting their opponents, that should be on trial now.

        1. That’s the sobornos trial. The only “evidence” that Correa is somehow involved is a $6000 loan he took out from an office solidarity fund that he paid back in 12 monthly installments of $500. The entire case hinges on a notebook that written by a former official claiming to detail bribery transactions over a 5-year period. She was arrested and held in jail while all of her belongings from her home and office were seized. Then, miraculously, three weeks after she was taken into custody they searched her house again and found a notebook that they missed on the first two searches.

          At first they presented it as a smoking gun. Photocopies were somehow “leaked” to the media the very next day and we were all told it was a open and shut case. Strangely, the back cover of the notebook was torn off. That’s the part with the barcode that would indicate when the notebook was manufactured, but that’s totally normal, right? However, when a forensics examination revealed that the notebook itself was manufactured in 2018, and not in 2012 as originally claimed, the story changed. The “whistleblower” who was now state’s witness claimed she didn’t actually write it as it was happening but instead wrote the whole thing during a flight from Guayaquil to Quito in 2018, i.e. two years after the fact. The reason why she used several different types of pens to write it all down over a 40-minute flight? Well, the press doesn’t ask questions anymore.

          We’re supposed to believe that she remembered hundreds of transactions right down to the dollars and cents over half a decade after the fact in under an hour, but when questioned about the the various meetings the magical notebook supposedly documents, she couldn’t remember who was present or where they took place.

          But yeah, it’s not as if the government is locking up all its political opponents on nothing, right?

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