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Home & Garden Arauz planning to change Ecuador agreements if elected

05:50  08 april  2021
05:50  08 april  2021 Source:   msn.com

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If elected , Arauz would advocate borrowing from Ecuador ’s own central bank if the country needed other sources of funding, he said. He said he would respect existing mining concessions in Ecuador , a predominantly oil-producing country that has sought to develop its gold, silver and copper mining industry. But, he said, he would seek greater participation of local communities and would conduct a review to determine if mining companies were complying with environmental rules and investment plans .

If elected , Arauz would advocate borrowing from Ecuador 's own central bank if the country needed other sources of funding, he said. He said he would respect existing mining concessions in Ecuador , a predominantly oil-producing country that has sought to develop its gold, silver and copper mining industry. But, he said, he would seek greater participation of local communities and would conduct a review to determine if mining companies were complying with environmental rules and investment plans .

Leftist presidential candidate Andres Arauz has big plans to change Ecuador's course if elected on Sunday, when he faces right-wing contender Guillermo Lasso in a runoff.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Ecuadoran presidential candidate Andres Arauz wants a change in the country's relationship with the United States regarding the fight against drug-trafficking © CAMILA BUENDIA Ecuadoran presidential candidate Andres Arauz wants a change in the country's relationship with the United States regarding the fight against drug-trafficking

Arauz, 36, wants to renegotiate a $6.5 billion debt with the International Monetary Fund, alter anti-narcotics agreements with the United States, and even hold President Lenin Moreno legally responsible for his handling of the hard-hit country's coronavirus response.

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Left-wing economist Andrés Arauz has won the first round of Ecuador 's presidential election with about 32% of the vote - not enough for an outright victory, preliminary results show. The run-off is scheduled for 11 April. It is not clear at this point whom Mr Arauz will face in the second round as Mr Pérez said he and his followers would hold "a vigil" outside the election council's headquarters in Quito to prevent vote manipulation. "We've come to defend the will of the vast majority of Ecuadoreans who see hope for a change ," he said. Mr Lasso, who is running for president for the third time, was also

The Trump administration hopes that the agreement will provide a template that will encourage other nations to wean themselves off Chinese debt and remove Chinese telecoms companies from their networks. The DFC has briefed US president- elect Joe Biden’s transition team and also Democratic and Republican senators. Mr Arauz and Mr Correa are likely to take a similarly dim view of any plan to shift Ecuador closer to Washington and away from Beijing — particularly so close to the election and a change of government.

a group of people posing for the camera: Ecuadoran presidential candidate Andres Arauz (C) greets supporters in Quito on April 6, 2021 © Camila BUENDIA Ecuadoran presidential candidate Andres Arauz (C) greets supporters in Quito on April 6, 2021

Despite wanting to renegotiate the IMF agreement, "we're not going to declare a moratorium against the IMF," Arauz told AFP.

He said that under a renegotiated deal, he would seek a slower reduction in public spending and insist that US dollars "must be kept in Ecuador so there's greater economic activity."

Separately he would aim to negotiate with Washington to redraw accords on fighting drug trafficking.

The United States can currently conduct operations against drug trafficking and illegal fishing in Ecuadoran territory and is even permitted to use an airport on the Galapagos Islands.

The world's top two cocaine producers are neighboring Colombia and Peru, with much of the output passing through Ecuador on its way to either Europe or the United States.

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If you’re planning travel to Ecuador , find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See Terrorism. The security situation in the province of Esmeraldas can change very quickly. If you’re undertaking essential travel in areas of the province beyond the 20km exclusion zone, you should pay close attention to warnings issued by the Ecuadorean authorities, be particularly cautious and vigilant, and monitor this travel advice regularly.

San Martin's plans were thwarted when Bolívar, with the help of Marshal Antonio José de Sucre and the Gran Colombian liberation force, descended from the Andes mountains and occupied Guayaquil; they also annexed the newly liberated Audiencia de Quito to the Republic of Gran Colombia. When Ecuador seceded from the Gran Colombia, Peru decided not to follow the treaty of Guayaquil of 1829 or the protocoled agreements made. Peru contested Ecuador 's claims with the newly discovered Real Cedula of 1802, by which Peru claims the King of Spain had transferred these lands from the

"We cannot forget that the US is the (main) consumer country of drugs in the region and on the planet," Arauz said.

"Given that, we aim to adjust the cooperation conditions. There must be cooperation with the US, Mexico, the Central American countries and our neighbors."

Ecuador seized a record 128 tons of drugs in 2020, even though the country produces very little itself.

"Unfortunately, Ecuador is a transit country and that's starting to have ramifications in terms of social violence," said Arauz. 

"We're going to act to eradicate the violence, we're going to cooperate with consumer countries."

- No 'political revenge' -

Ecuador has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic and Arauz made no attempt to hide the fact that he blames Moreno, who is the ally-turned-enemy of Arauz's political mentor, former president Rafael Correa.

Correa, who left office in 2017, has been convicted of corruption and sentenced to eight years in prison, although he lives in exile in Belgium.

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"The country needs to determine the truth, so that there's justice, so that someone is held responsible for the negligence in the management of the pandemic," Arauz said.

"That will happen and we will leave the courts to do their work," he added.

"It's not political revenge, Ecuadoran society demands justice. It's not a personal issue. I have no personal intention to persecute anyone."

One issue he won't push in a hurry, however, is the decriminalization of abortion.

"My personal position with regards to abortion is that there should not be a penalization or criminalization, especially for girls who are raped, but our legislation still needs to adapt and there will be the space and the moment to debate this."

- 'Me governing Ecuador' -

Arauz is aiming to be the youngest current head of state in Latin America and the youngest in Ecuador in 40 years.

But he's determined not to be branded a puppet of his political mentor Correa, who would have been his running mate but for his corruption conviction.

"Former president Correa is a Latin American inspiration, not just an Ecuadoran one. He's the founder of this political project," said Arauz.

"We have a very dynamic, very profitable relationship for the country based on his experience and the transformations that Ecuador has already undergone.

"But it will be me governing Ecuador from May 24."

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