Thousands oppose Ecuador govt plans

Mayor of Ecuador's largest city says the president is seeking too much power.

    Correa has been slumping in recent opinion
    polls [EPA]

    Falling popularity

     

    Nebot, one of the most well-known politicians in Ecuador, says he will not run for president if a new assembly rewriting the country's constitution calls presidential and legislative elections as early as this year.

     

    However, he told Reuters he will run for mayor again in order to use his popularity to urge voters to reject Correa.

     

    "If the government does something good I do not oppose that, but if they seek to destroy Guayaquil and if the president wants to become an emperor ... then I will fiercely oppose that," he said.

     

    One in six Ecuadoreans live in Guayaquil, the country's richest city.

     

    It is also Correa's birthplace and has become a key political battleground for the ally of Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez.


    Last week, Correa gathered a similar crowd of about 40,000 supporters in Guayaquil to mark his first year in office, in which he has succeeded in regaining most institutional powers from the opposition but also seen his popularity fade.

    The president's popularity has dropped to 57 per cent, with polls claiming voters are opposed to his style of government and the failing economy.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.