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Weekly Report - 18 January 2018 (WR-18-02)

ECUADOR: Ruling party succumbs to schism

The rupture within the ruling left-wing Alianza País (AP) was formalised this week when former president Rafael Correa (2007-2017) confirmed that he and 28 legislative deputies were abandoning the AP to set up a new party. Any hopes President Lenín Moreno might have had of resolving the conflict within the AP now seem dead in the water. Correa and the RC will provide more vigorous opposition to Moreno’s upcoming national referendum than the formal opposition, which is broadly in favour of it. The AP splinter group also leaves Moreno without a majority in the 137-seat national assembly.

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