[Marxism] Ecuador: Pro-people policies behind Correa's landslide win

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Sun Feb 17 19:09:04 MST 2013

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa was re-elected in the first round of the
country's February 17 presidential poll.

Preliminary results released with 30% of the votes
Correa won 58% of the votes, compared with 24% for the runner-up,
right-wing banker Guillermo Lasso, ABC.net.au said on February 18.

"Nobody can stop this revolution," Correa, first elected in 2006, told
supporters from the balcony of the presidential palace, after claiming
victory. "We are making history, we are building our own homeland which is
Ecuador and the great homeland which is Latin America.

"We are here to serve you. Nothing for us, everything for you: the people
who deserve the right to be free. In our hands is our destiny."

The vice-presidency and the 137-seat Congress were also elected, with
results not yet released.

In the lead-up to the elections, co-director of the Washington-based Center
for Economic and Policy Research <http://www.cepr.net/> *Mark Weisbrot* wrote
the piece below, which first appeared at *The Guardian*, explaining why
Correa was set for such a crushing win.
“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker

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