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Weekly Report - 16 September 2021 (WR-21-37)

ECUADOR: Lasso seals IMF deal but faces protests

President Guillermo Lasso has hit the ground running in Ecuador. There was some speculation about how successful his government could be when his centre-right party, Movimiento Creo, controls fewer than 10% of the 137 seats in the national assembly, leaving him reliant on others to advance his legislative agenda. While that is likely to remain a challenge throughout his four-year term in office, his popularity has risen in line with his government’s successful rollout of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines to 9m Ecuadoreans in fulfilment of a campaign promise within 100 days of coming to power. Now it has sealed a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This is less universally popular, however, and trade union movements and indigenous organisations staged protests against it on 15 September, in spite of Lasso’s assurances that he would uphold social commitments.

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