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Weekly Report - 28 March 2019 (WR-19-12)

ECUADOR: Traditional parties make comeback

Ecuador’s traditional opposition Partido Social Cristiano (PSC) is back with a bang. For years derided by former president Rafael Correa (2007-2017), who promised to wipe it off the face of the electoral map along with the rest of the partidocracia, the right-of-centre PSC performed strongly in local and municipal elections held on 23 March. The left-wing Alianza País (AP), controlled by President Lenín Moreno after a debilitating internal struggle with Correa, lost ground. Despite Moreno’s claims on the eve of the elections that Correa was intent on “destabilising democracy” in Ecuador, his predecessor is alive and kicking, with various political allies coming to power.

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