• Protests as Ecuador lifts presidential term limits


    QUITO: Ecuador’s Congress voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to lift presidential term limits from 2021, triggering violent demonstrations that saw police attacked with spears, clubs and homemade rockets. Ecuador now joins fellow leftist-led Latin American nations Venezuela and Nicaragua in allowing multiple re-elections. After nine hours of debate, and opposition protests in the streets of Quito and other cities, the legislature — dominated by supporters of President Rafael Correa — voted 100-8 in favor of the constitutional amendments. While the legislature barred Correa from running for re-election in the 2017 national polls, he could become a candidate in 2021. The socialist leader has been in power since 2007.


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