Don’t cast a single vote for Alianza País candidates in the March mid-term elections. That’s the message that former president Rafael Correa is sending to his supporters in a series of social media posts this week.
“There are people who have betrayed the revolution using the Alianza País name and they do not deserve our support,” he said on his Twitter account Tuesday. “They are trying to destroy everything we accomplished in the 10 years we were in office and they must be seen for who they are – the enemy.”
Voters go to the polls February 17 to elect local officials and members of the National Assembly.
Correa’s message comes a week after the international police agency Interpol refused a request from an Ecuadorian judge to issue an arrest warrant for the former president. A warrant for his arrest remains in effect in Ecuador on charges he directed a kidnapping attempt of a political opponent in Colombia in 2012.
“There is massive, nefarious movement against me and those who worked for the citizens revolution,” Correa said in a Facebook post. “They stole our party but we will get it back.” Correa was one of the founders of Alianza País in 2006, the year he won the presidency. President Lenin Moreno, who Correa calls a “traitor,” currently heads the party
Correa also criticized Ecuador’s elections commission (CNE) for not allowing his followers to field a slate of candidates under the party name “Citizens Revolution.” CNE rejected the request, claiming it was the property of Alianza País.
“Some day very soon we will participate again in elections and regain our authority,” Correa said. “Once again, we will create a great citizen front and continue the work we started in 2006. We will recover our homeland and everything else that has been stolen from us. Long live the citizen revolution!”