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Corruption could define Moreno's presidency in Ecuador

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Significance

While Correa's chosen successor, President Lenin Moreno, won April's presidential election, he did so narrowly, and his efforts since taking office to reach out to other parties, engaging them in a 'national dialogue', have been met with derision by both Correa himself and substantial sections of the ruling party, Alianza Pais. Moreno's handling of corruption scandals linked to his predecessor's administrations has exacerbated tensions within the government, with demands to hold public officials to account causing consternation in some quarters and placing the spotlight on Vice-President Jorge Glas, who has been implicated.

Impacts

  • Glas's continued vice presidency is likely to be politically damaging regardless of the success of impeachment procedings.
  • While Correa is expected to spend most of his time overseas, he will continue to exert influence over the handling of the corruption cases.
  • Evidence of widespread corruption taking place under Correa will damage his credibility and limit his chances of returning to power.
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