Ecuador: A Revolution In Motion

Laura Bécquer Paseiro

THE Alianza PAÍS (AP) in Ecuador has officially nominated current President Rafael Correa as its candidate in the country’s February 17, 2013 presidential elections. In this way the political movement which embodies the Citizens Revolution led by Correa since 2007 is looking to ensure continuity in the process of change underway in the country. Correa’s running mate will be current Minister of Strategic Sectors Jorge Glas.

The two will work together to eradicate poverty through the equitable distribution of wealth, they affirmed during the national AP convention, held November 10-11.

The President, speaking to thousands of supporters, said that much progress has been made over the past five years, but much remains to be done. “Only with political power serving the vast majority is it possible to change this reality and transform the bourgeois state, which serves a few, into a popular state at the service of the poorest.”

In response to the current situation within the country, five more fundamental proposals have been added to the movement’s original five. As a whole they are reflected in the social project proposed by Correa, based on 10 broad objectives, or revolutions, as the group describes them.

The first is the constitutional and democratic revolution established by the Montecristi Constitution, “approved by the overwhelming majority of the Ecuadorian people, which changed the neoliberal state and laid the basis for this new homeland,” according to Correa.

Nevertheless, he said, many more laws must be approved and this will be the fundamental role of AP legislative representatives, to continue this constitutional and democratic revolution over the next four-year term.

The second component of the AP platform is the economic revolution, which Correa described saying, “Our system is totally different from the one we found [upon being elected.] It doesn’t serve the IMF, but rather what the citizenry requires of the state.”

The third and fourth objectives address the social and ethical revolutions. The latter is focused on the struggle against corruption at all levels.

In addition to these efforts, Correa said, the country is asserting its sovereignty with renewed strength, “within the unity of the Great Homeland, of the process of Latin American union, with UNASUR, CELAC”, continuing efforts over the next four years to make a reality of Simón Bolívar’s dream.

At the same time, the AP proposes to lead Ecuador in an ecological revolution, to save the planet; revolutions in the areas of justice and knowledge, “to be truly free,” plus another in culture and, lastly, an urban revolution, which implies “no marginal urbanization, which has done so much harm, above all to the country’s poor,” Correa said.


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