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Ecuador’s president, Lenin Moreno, during a military ceremony marking Independence Day, Quito, Aug. 10, 2017 (AP photo by Dolores Ochoa).

Ecuador’s Moreno Strikes Out on His Own, to the Anger of His Former Mentor, Correa

Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

It didn’t take long for Ecuador’s new president, Lenin Moreno, who assumed office less than three months ago, to distance himself from his predecessor, Rafael Correa.

Correa, whose highly personalized rule dominated Ecuadorean politics for more than a decade, had handpicked Moreno, his vice president from 2007 to 2013, to run to succeed him earlier this year. Correa’s prominent place in Latin America’s leftist tide has receded as the commodity boom turned into a bust. But he trusted that, as he headed for semi-retirement in Europe, Moreno would faithfully carry on his “citizens’ revolution.” That Correa’s second vice president since 2013 and his close confidante, Jorge Glas, was also Moreno’s vice president would seem to ensure continuity. ...

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