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Weekly Report - 11 June 2020 (WR-20-23)

ECUADOR: Emergency measures face further delay

As the legislative process for Ecuador’s ‘humanitarian support law’ and ‘public finances law’ enters its third month, their designation as ‘emergency laws’ has become more than a little ironic. First tabled by President Lenín Moreno back on 10 April in response to the country’s health and economic emergencies, these bills have subsequently been passed back and forth between the legislature and executive, most recently through Moreno’s partial veto of the humanitarian support law on 9 June. This prevarication can be largely attributed to the widespread unpopularity of both bills, and a recognition that their approval is likely to add fuel to the fire of anti-government unrest.

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