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Moreno appears close to calling a popular referendum that could reverse Correa-era amendments

Aides to President Lenin Moreno say an announcement could come within days of a public referendum that could make significant changes to the constitution and government policies. Two of the issues likely to be up for vote strike at the heart of former president Rafael Correa’s government model: the indefinite reelection of the president and the elimination of a government agency that extends presidential authority.

President Lenin Moreno

In his Monday night television broadcast, Moreno said he had full faith in direct democracy. “There is nothing more legitimate and constitutional than leaving the destiny of the country in the hands of the people,” he said, in reference to putting major issues on a public referendum.

Moreno rejected suggestions from his own Alianza País party to call a constituent assembly, similar to the one called recently by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, to decide key issues. “That is the statist approach that leaves decisions in the hands of the government,” Moreno said. “I say let the people decide directly.”

Alianza País members loyal to Correa are most concerned about a vote to reverse the indefinite term limit amendment since it could mean the former president would not be eligible to run again for president.

In addition to the possibility of reinstating presidential term limits and eliminating the Council for Citizen Participation and Social Control, which reports to the president, Moreno said a referendum could address the independence of the country’s judicial system and reversing several laws passed by the National Assembly.

During Monday’s broadcast, Moreno also focused on corruption, urging the attorney general to continue pressing Odebrecht and Petroecuador cases. “Nothing is more important than prosecuting those who steal precious public resources and violate the public trust,” he said. “We will aggressively go after the culprits and do everything in our power to recover public assets.”

  • MountainHombre

    Moreno’s the first President (or PM), in any country that I’ve loved in a long time. Kudos!

    • Reneé Woywitka

      I agree he seems to be for the people and actually proves it by his actions. We have a pretty good Prime Minister up her in Canada!

      • StillWatching

        Young Mr. Trudeau is a bit too much of a statist for me, but he sure gets my vote for fairness, smarts, candor and honesty. Contrast that with what the poor devils in the EEUU are suffering and I’d take Canada any day.

  • StillWatching

    This is to all the fools that insist that Moreno is a socialist/statist/collectivist: You’re wrong. His words and actions are straight out of the Libertarian Playbook and I couldn’t care less what you call him, he acts like a libertarian.

    “Moreno rejected suggestions from his own Alianza País party to call a constituent assembly, similar to the one called recently by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, to decide key issues. “That is the statist approach that leaves decisions in the hands of the government,” Moreno said. “I say let the people decide directly.”

    All I can say is Bravo Moreno.

    • Michael Berger

      I don’t think you understand what a Libertarian is. Moreno is not a Libertarian. A true Libertarian would never ask the people to vote on whether or not an illegal and unethical law like the Ley de Comunicaciones should be retained or annulled because everybody deserves the right to free speech and a press that is independent of the government. Human rights like sovereignty over our own bodies, the right to defend ourselves, and the right of free speech, etc., etc. are things we all deserve not things to put up for a vote. Moreno could very well be the best socialist/statists/colectivist we have ever seen but he is by no means a Libertarian. If he puts to a vote the legalization of all drugs and the possession and use of weapons for self defense and outlawing of random warrantless searches then I would agree that he supports Libertarian principles. At the moment my understanding is that Moreno does not even plan to put the Ley de Plusvalia or Ley de Herencias up for a vote! Calling Moreno a Libertarian is a gross mischaracterization that makes the word “Libertarian” even more meaningless than people like Glen Beck and Gary Johnson / Bill Weld have already made it.

  • Dogoslave

    What are the odds “Ernest” will stay quiet on the on the public referendum.

    • Michael Berger

      I think the worst of his withdrawal symptoms from the drug of power have subsided but he will continue ranting and raving as long as he thinks he has a chance to get back into the presidency again. Odds of staying quiet? Maybe 5%.