QUITO – Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa asked supporters to lead the march to victory in the 2017 elections, after the National Assembly, with a pro-government majority, prevented him from filing nomination Thursday for the upcoming elections although the legislature also approved a package of amendments to the Constitution by the government, including the possibility of indefinite re-election by a transitional provision.
“Now, we prepare ourselves for victory in 2017. We have great partners who know how to do it (exercise power) much better than we could,” Tweeted Correa from France where he is participating in the COP21 climate summit.
The Ecuadorean President, who enjoys high popularity according to polls, has suggested several names of ruling party members who could replace him in the 2017 elections, including former vice president Lenin Moreno and current Vice President Jorge Glas.
In his message on social media, Correa congratulated his legislators for approving the constitutional amendments, despite strong opposition.
With the vote of 100 assembly members, of the 109 present in the plenary session, the Assembly approved the amendments and two transitional provisions, one that prevents the nomination of Correa and the other on legislators with two consecutive terms.
According to Correa, the opposition protests were not only over the amendments but that “they want to return us to the old country, to dominate from the usurpation of popular representation, immobilize us, preventing us from governing,” Correa added.