Former President of Ecuador Rafael Correa said today that a constitutional breakdown is underway in Ecuador, the administration of which has called directly for a people’s referendum.
Correa said during a press conference that the Constitutional Court is still in time to issue its opinion on the content of the referendum promoted by President Lenin Moreno, however, this court decided to send decrees to the National Electoral Council (CNE) to call for the referendum, with the argument that the deadline expired.
Correa warned of the existence of a plot, after ensuring that the period is still in force, as an Amicus Curiae brief was filed, something that extends the terms.
Correa said that the president can call for a referendum, but the deadline has not expired, and also that nobody is discussing the president’s role to call for a referendum, since he did it four times.
In that regard, he said that president of the constitutional court Alfredo Ruiz is an accomplice of the situation.
At the same time, he said that they will use all possible legal resources to handle what he described as breaking the constitutional order and an actual coup d’état.
Correa reiterated that the second and third questions of the referendum are illegal and unconstitutional, as well as linked to the elimination of indefinite re-election and the end of the duties of current members of the Citizen Participation Council (Consejo de Participacion Ciudadana).
‘They have taken us 20 years ago. Let’s understand what is happening: the Constitution of the Republic is being broken,’ he said, while considering that the current struggle is not against reason, but against force.
Although he considered that times are difficult, he expressed confidence ‘in the little that remains of the rule of law and in the judicial institutions of the country to stop that atrocity’.
‘The situation is extremely serious,’ he reiterated.
The main objective of the return of Correa to the country on November 25th, is to participate in the 7th Convention of the party Movimiento Alianza PAIS, within his role as life president of the party, but during these days, he has held meetings with members of the party, supporters of the Citizen Revolution that he promoted for more than 10 years, as well as with the media.