Worldwide

Ecuador’s president fled the capital and called a state emergency - what’s happening?

Ecuador’s president fled the capital and called a state emergency - what’s happening?”

The South American country of 17 million people appeared to be at a risky impasse, paralyzed by a lack of public transport and blockaded roads that were taking a toll on an already vulnerable economy.

Thousands of demonstrators converged on the Ecuadoran capital Quito on Tuesday as intensifying protests against soaring fuel prices slashed oil output by a third and forced under-fire President Lenin Moreno to vacate his government headquarters.

In a written decree on Tuesday, Moreno ordered that authorities restrict movement close to government buildings and strategic installations between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.to keep order.

Eliminating the subsidies is part of the measures created to lower the fiscal deficit, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said.

Moreno also accused his exiled predecessor Rafael Correa of trying to oust him with help from Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro.

On Tuesday, his government said it would be open to mediation by the United Nation or the Catholic Church to overcome the crisis.

The unrest has resulted in clashes with security forces, while some of the road blockages have affected petrol deliveries, leading to fuel shortages in parts of the country.

The number of arrests had risen to 570, he said.

Moreno said Monday that Ecuador's government faces security threats and will operate from the port city of Guayaquil instead of Quito, the capital.

Protesters from southern Andean provinces, some armed with sticks and whips, were travelling to the capital in pick-up trucks and on foot, according to CONAIE, while other indigenous groups were set to arrive from the north.

As well as ending fuel subsidies, the government is reducing the state workforce and planning some privatisations.

Moreno had enthusiastically backed Correa during his decade-long rule but broke with him after winning a 2017 election to succeed him, and moved economic policies to the right.

Speaking in Belgium, where he lives in self-exile, Correa told Reuters the accusation against him was nonsense. "They say I am so powerful that with an iPhone from Brussels I could lead the protests", he told Reuters.

"People couldn't take it anymore, that's the reality", he added.

With protesters swarming around Quito, various government buildings were attacked overnight, authorities said.

Production losses at the state-owned Petroamazonas "will reach 165,000 barrels per day", the ministry said in a statement.

Indigenous protesters played a major role in the 2005 resignation of Ecuador's president at the time, Lucio Gutierrez, though the military's tacit approval was key to his removal.

Violent rallies erupted in the South American country last week over austerity measures introduced by Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno, who is reportedly seeking to ink an aid deal with the International Monetary Fund (INF) in a bid to overhaul the country's debt.



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


09 October 2019
Angelina Jolie Pushed To Develop Maleficent's Surprise Relationship In The Sequel
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is set to fly into cinemas on October 18, 2019. Jolie was seen with her kids and co-star Michelle Pfeiffer .

09 October 2019
Alaska again at the top of sexually transmitted disease rates
Antibiotics can cure chlamydia , gonorrhea and syphilis, but many people fail to get screened and treated for the diseases. Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD). "The public's health is in danger".

09 October 2019
Miley Cyrus hospitalized with tonsillitis ahead of charity event
Miley took to social media to share the recent news with her fans and revealed that she was suffering from tonsillitis. Despite being on her hospital bed, the singer kept the inflow of pictures and videos going on her Instagram Stories .

09 October 2019
Red Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie reassigned, will become pro scout
The Red Sox have made the first of many changes this offseason, removing Dana LeVangie from his role as the team's pitching coach. Injuries played a big role, but overall, the pitching staff had a 4.70 ERA, 19th in the major leagues.

09 October 2019
Twitter misused security information for advertising purposes
What's especially not cool, however, is when the data you handed over, like a phone number, is given for security purposes. Except those details weren't provided to Twitter for the purposes of advertising or even identification.

09 October 2019
17-year-old planned school shooting before mother alerted police
His mother said that when he was confronted about it, he told her it was " just a story " and a product of his vivid imagination. The teenager made a note to "eliminate self after optimum damage" in the writings.

09 October 2019
Pope blames Amazon fires on destructive 'interests'
Bolsonaro has repeatedly said he wants to promote economic development in the Amazon and regularize small-scale illegal mining. Pope Francis planted an oak tree in the Vatican gardens with members of Brazil's Amazonian indigenous people.

21 May 2019
A Beginner’s Guide To Royal Ascot
Remember to bet on the colour of the queen’s hat! This is a newer tradition but is one appreciated by all of the guests. It’s quite a tradition, however, to pack a picnic lunch, especially if you are making a whole day out of your trip.

11 May 2018
All You Should to Know about Cisco CCNP Certification
Cisco provides the seekers with a wide range of courses depending on different areas included in the field of IT. The certificate holder gets a good position in the field of IT, and is capable to add new apps and networks.

13 September 2017
Casino "SL Casino Riga" of Storm International chain to open in Riga
Guests could relax playing the most popular slots, roulette and video poker, as well as enjoy original entertaining show programs. The interiors are made in soft colors and the muffled lighting is done to create an atmosphere of luxury and relaxation.