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Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno addresses the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States, in Washington, April 17, 2019 (AP photo by Patrick Semansky).

How Ecuador’s Moreno Is Undoing Correa’s Legacy, and Not Just With Assange

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Earlier this month, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno announced that he was stripping Wikileaks founder Julian Assange of the asylum he’d been granted in Ecuador’s London embassy in 2012, under former President Rafael Correa. Moreno claimed that Assange had violated the terms of his asylum, but the decision was also part of Moreno’s broader effort to take Ecuador in a different direction after Correa’s autocratic presidency, says Carlos de la Torre, a professor of sociology at the University of Kentucky. In an interview with WPR, he explains how Moreno has reoriented Ecuador’s foreign and domestic policy since taking office in May 2017.

World Politics Review: Why has Moreno adopted a stance that is friendlier toward the U.S. and to institutions like the International Monetary Fund since taking office in May 2018? ...

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