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Correa says he won’t move back to Ecuador for several years due to family commitments

Former President Rafael Correa said on Friday that it will be several years before he can consider moving back to Ecuador from his wife’s native Belgium, where the family relocated in July after the end of his mandate.

Rafael Correa with Lenin Moreno during 2017 presidential campaign.

Correa, 54, was in Ecuador to take part in Sunday’s convention of the party he founded, Alianza Pais (Country Alliance), currently torn by a conflict between his followers and those of his successor as president, Lenin Moreno.

The convention was a  point of contention between the two factions and on Thursday the national elections council said it was an “illegal meeting.”

“For very profound family reasons, I cannot return to Ecuador to live in the next few years,” he told a press conference in the capital, adding that he is scheduled to fly back to Belgium on Monday.

He said that after 10 years as president, he left office in May with a plan to retire from politics, but found himself compelled to respond to “treachery” on the part of Moreno.

The two men fell out early in the new administration and relations grew even worse after Moreno complained of inheriting a critical economic situation from his predecessor.

Allies of Correa, who holds the title of life president of the center-left Alianza Pais, recently tried to oust Moreno from the party chairmanship, but a court intervened to block the move.

“We are fighting against a monster with a thousand heads,” Correa said Thursday. “We were deceived, we were swindled.”

He will preside over the party convention set to begin Sunday in the northwestern province of Esmeraldas, which was called by leaders of the Correa faction, including former Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño and one-time congressional speaker Gabriela Rivadeneira.

A week ago, Moreno carried out a purge of the party’s national directorate, removing Rivadeneira and Patiño from senior posts.

Moreno’s policies as president are “destroying” the party’s political project, known as the Citizens’ Revolution, Correa said.

Correa said that if the Moreno faction takes control of the party, he would to leave Alianza Pais “because I won’t be an accomplice to this.”

During his decade in office, the US-trained economist presided over a reduction in poverty and a general improvement in living standards for the majority of Ecuadorians.

He survived a police mutiny that his government characterized as an attempted coup and twice won re-election.

Credit:Latin America Herald Tribunne,

28 thoughts on “Correa says he won’t move back to Ecuador for several years due to family commitments

    1. Translation = your conspiracy theory didn’t come to pass so the only explanation is that it failed.

      Wow, Michael, look how CHL is censoring all these comments that don’t support the power structure. Another conspiracy theory shot down by reality.

      1. It was Rafael Correa himself who said:

        “We can’t talk of a true democracy… we will have a Constituent Assembly and we will have a new election!”

        P.S. I love your use of the phrase “conspiracy theory” that the CIA used to try to discredit anybody who had evidence that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, it really exposes you for the doctor of propaganda that you are.

        1. And that’s why something for which there was never any evidence that didn’t come to pass really happened but failed. Got it.

  1. What happened to that constitutional convention you promised to promote and come back for as a candidate at the expense of your family you lying, despicable……..

    “Y si siguen destruyendo lo logrado, vamos a impulsar una Asamblea Nacional Constituyente, y si se impulsa esa Asamblea Nacional Constituyente, tendré que volver como candidato, eso me va a costar muchísimo a nivel familiar, pero entiendo claramente la responsabilidad que tengo ante la historia”.”

    1. it’s always been about himself. Correa the Vain: “Adore me, my sycophants. Let’s spend 4 hours together every Saturday morning like children watching their favorite cartoons”

  2. Correa only has his own vanity to blame. He couldn’t stand to be out of the limelight and let Moreno be Moreno, for better or worse. By forcing his consituents to choose, he lost half or more of his support, which had already dwindled by the end of his tenure. Now with less than 25% of the country in his camp, he can best hope to be the leader of a minority party in a coalition government of the future.

    1. If he only has 25% support, why are we spending $60 million to keep him from running? Seems the strategic move would be to defeat him resoundingly in an election. That way, nobody could call your assessment into question.

      1. What BS obfuscation. There are other items on the Referendum and even the one you single out has a farther reaching effect than on Correa alone. The money is well spent to bring about these changes.

        1. Plus $12 million for the armed forces responsable for securing every polling site and transporting the ballots from every corner of the country. But that’s neither here nor there. The point is why would we spend tens of millions of dollars to block Correa if he’s incapable of winning an election anyway?

          1. I’ll explain it to you one more time, faulkner. The referendum issue of term limits affects every politician with dreams of becoming a dictator for life, got it?

            As I have said before, there are other issues in the referendum as well. Capiche?

          2. Because it goes against the spirit of democracy to build a permanent class of political elites and also because Correa was a worshiper of Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. Those of us who don’t want to live in Venezuela or Cuba consider it money well spent.

    1. They’ll turn off by themselves. Now that the national electric company has been turned over the Bucarams, it’s only a matter of time.

  3. Yea, Correa is so concerned about the new Ecuador administration, that he is leaving the country “for a few years”. MMMMMMM Maybe he intends to rally the troups from his Twitter page.

  4. I will admit I have never understood the lust for power. Seems to me much more pleasant to live out of the limelight and have less stress. However we is all different. Correa did his job. He took a nation in trouble and righted the ship. Correa will fade away, not because he wants to, but rather because he will slowly become less and less relevant. A big reason he will become less relevant is because Moreno is doing a great job. All things pass Raphael, and that includes your controlling the nation. Hasta Luego.

    1. Just wait. You guys are too quick to judge. Correa maybe an egotist, but he is also an economist. Moreno is smooth and a lawyer and he talks a good story, but then so did Obama….We will see what he does with the economy…

      1. No, Correa isn’t an economist, he is a Keynesian economist. Big difference. It was Keynesian economists like Paul Krugman who guided your hero, obama.

        Yes, babs, I know you aren’t a fan of obama. It’s called sarcastic irony that I hope doesn’t fly over your head.

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