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President Guillermo Lasso at an Indigenous ceremony in Tamboloma, Ecuador. Ecuadorean President Guillermo Lasso holds the “Baston de Mando,” or baton of authority, during an Indigenous ceremony in Tamboloma, Ecuador, May 26, 2021 (AP photo by Dolores Ochoa).

Despite a Strong Start, Ecuador’s Lasso Has His Work Cut Out for Him

Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021

At his swearing-in ceremony as Ecuador’s new president in late May, Guillermo Lasso promised to usher in a new political era in the South American nation ravaged by COVID-19, an economic slump and autocratic hyper-partisanship.

“I have not come to satisfy the hate of a few but the hunger of many,” the conservative former banker and Coca-Cola executive told the National Assembly, in a message clearly aimed at healing and unifying the country. “My strength will not come from how much I raise my voice to shout but rather from how much I listen to the people before I speak.” ...

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