Weekly Report - 26 January 2023 (WR-23-04)

Lasso battling corruption scandal

Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso returned at the weekend from a trip to Davos, Switzerland, for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), to a particularly ill-timed corruption scandal [WR-23-03] just days before regional and municipal elections on 5 February, and a referendum on constitutional reforms promoted by his government. Lasso came out fighting. He insisted in an interview on 22 January that corruption had not infiltrated his government which, he alleged, was “under attack” from criminal groups that had been “hit in the pocket” by his administration, implying that this was another reason for voters to back the tougher security reforms contained within the referendum.

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