Ecuador’s ruling coalition, Alianza Pais, has decided to pursue a third term for Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa without holding a public referendum on the issue, according to media reports. The move will require constitutional reform, which can be done in one of two ways, and if Correa chooses the course of action he is expected to, he will need to begin within the next few months so that a bill may be presented to the parliament by October. With that process complete, there would be few legal obstacles to Correa’s re-election. He is popular with voters because of his oil-funded social spending and subsidies, and the opposition has few means to stop him.
Although Correa is barely a year into his second presidential term, he and other members of Alianza Pais have been openly discussing the possibility of a third term for nearly two months. The president is limited to two ... Read More