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Despite opposition from his own party, Moreno gains support from other officials and civic organizations

Although the leadership of Aliazna País (AP) publicly opposes many of his policies, President Lenin Moreno continues to build an impressive base of public support in Ecuador.

Despite opposition from his own party, Moreno gains support from other officials and civic organizations
President Lenin Moreno picks up new support.

On Saturday, large crowds gathered outside the presidential palace in Quito, awaiting Moreno’s appearance for the traditional changing of the guard ceremony. Many hoisted banners of support, “Lenin, we are with you,” being the most common.

With polls showing Moreno’s popularity as high as 85%, some members of AP say it’s time for party leaders, many of whom claim that Moreno has abandoned the principles and programs of former president Rafael Correa, to end their attacks. “We need to recognize that times and circumstances have changed and Lenin reflects those changes,” says Pichincha Province prefect Gustavo Baroja. “It is true that President Correa achieved great works for the country and that he was a great leader, but we cannot live in the past.”

Baroja has a message for the “Correistas”, including Vice President Jorge Glas, who have called Moreno a “traitor” to the legacy of  Correa. “Either you join the new wave of AP, or get out,” he wrote in a letter last week. “We need a vision for 10, 20 and 30 years in the future, not toward an old ideology.”

As attacks from AP leadership on Moreno have intensified in recent weeks, some of the founders of AP, are coming to the president’s defense. “Alianza País was born to fight centralized power, to exercise a model of horizontal leadership and to give voice to the citizenship,” says William Murillo, former AP secretary for migrant affairs. “We need to support the president in restoring AP’s original principles.”

Murillo and a dozen other founders and former leaders of AP plan to meet this week in Quito to plan strategies to support Moreno.

The Unified Federation of Peasant and Popular Organizations of Southern Ecuador, which supported Correa during his presidency, is one of a number of civic and political organizations coming to Moreno’s support. “We don’t understand why some in AP oppose Lenin,” says federation president José Cumbicus. “He is continuing the work for the poor of Ecuador and he is putting the corrupt in jail.”

The Ecuador Center for the Promotion of Women is another group supporting Moreno. “The president supports the rights of women much more than Correa did,” says center president Lilia Rodríguez. “He understands the importance of stopping sexual violence and he is listening to our position. He is restoring the human rights not just for women, but for all Ecuadorians.”

Other groups, including those representing labor, teachers, the disabled and the retired, have also come forward to support Moreno.

“It is time that the leadership of AP join the people of Ecuador,” says Baroja. “If they don’t, they risk becoming irrelevant.”

  • Juan

    I’m so honored to have voted for him! He’s exactly what
    Ecuador needs. Unlike, the partisan bickering, back stabbing, corruption and greed in the U.S.A!
    Who’s a Banana Republic Now?

    • Stillalive

      You undoubtedly voted for a continuation of escoreismo ( escoria + correismo) and the country got lucky that Moreno is a man of integrity who supports democratic principles. You probably also voted straight ticket for AP assembly members who are now backstabbing him at every opportunity.

      • StillWatching

        Ballsy comment but I’ll bet you’re right.

    • StillWatching

      There’s a lot more to being a Banana Republic than bickering, back stabbing, corruption and greed. Ecuador had those things in spades.

  • Kevin Lichtman

    Correistas are a cult of personality and will agree with anything their narcissistic prince professes.

    • StillWatching

      IBID. See above comment to Stillalive.

  • Karen Lynn Kennedy

    FINALLY!!! It is good to see people coming to their senses!! It is never too late to change!!

    • weilunion

      What does your post mean? Coming to whose senses? It is this type of post that is normal for gringos who are refugees from the US living in Ecuador.

  • weilunion

    How sad to see gringos who have come to Ecuador and experienced the gains made by Correa now speak without even understanding Spanish, or the election of Moreno. What is involved. What is going on.

    As to AP backstabbing Moreno, the opposite can be said to actually be happening.

    I would counsel Americans, gringos, to halt their commentaries on Ecuadorian politics unless they can site their claims, evidence for them, their assumptions and their conclusions and site their sources.

    Most cannot. You are visitors in this country. Respect it, or get out.

  • weilunion

    Empty promises? Gee, where were you in the last ten years when poverty went down, educational access went up, the lives of Afro Ecuadorians improved, literacy went up, health care went up, access to communications, roads, travel, wages rose, working conditions were improved?

    Correa was a New Deal Democrat, similar to FDR. But then if you didn’t like FDR and preferred the ‘free market’you would hate Correa.

    • Karen Lynn Kennedy

      I wasn’t alive in FDR’s time, but what about Correa’s excessive debt??? My “wages” went down, my husband’s business almost went bankrupt, many of my Ecuadorian friends LOST their businesses, free educational access to my children and many others, was denied, sure, health care improved for some people, but not all, but there was a lot of unjustifiable expense, and poverty is still with us. So singing Correa’s praises is at best, a song sung out of tune. As you get older, you will find that his kind of idealism works only for a minority, all the while forcing us to believe he was working for the people.
      Sorry, but you can continue believing what you want to, but your arguments fail to convince me that he was anything more than a self-agrandizing, wanna-be dictator.