Emili Blasco reports El partido de Correa se atasca en la Asamblea del Ecuador. El empate en diputados entre el oficialismo y la oposición acaba con la mayoría cualificada que montó el sistema bolivariano [Correa’s party stymied in Ecuador’s Assembly. The deadlock between the ruling party and the opposition ends the qualified majority that set up the bolivarian system.]
Ecuador presidential election headed for an April runoff. With the Andean country on tenterhooks and the opposition protesting for prompt results, the electoral body said it was waiting for all ballots to be counted before officially proclaiming a second round.
Should Ecuador move to the right with a second-round victory for Lasso, it would end a decade of leftist rule in Ecuador and follow on the heels of Argentina, Brazil and Peru which have all swerved away from the left as a China-led commodities boom ended.
Lasso has campaigned on a platform to revive the economy, which is dependent on exports of oil, flowers and shrimp, by slashing taxes, fostering foreign investment and creating a million jobs in four years.
He has also vowed to remove Wikileaks founder Julian Assange from the Ecuadorean embassy in London and denounce Venezuela’s Socialist government.
I’m very glad I was wrong.