ECUADOR’S DEMOCRACY ON A LITMUS TEST AS PROTESTERS DEMAND FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE

ECUADOR’S DEMOCRACY ON A LITMUS TEST AS PROTESTERS DEMAND FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE

Ecuador’s demand for a better governance as citizens intensified protest against President Guillermo Lasso’s economic policies of fuel subsidies that swallowed a whopping $2.8 billion per annum, restricting the expansion of Ecuador’s oil and mining industry, debt and budget increase for health and education. A national protest which have cost Ecuador’s economy over 102,000 barrels of crude since it inception.

The ongoing show down between thousands of protesters and Ecuador’s armed forces over road blockades of major highways in Quito and national airports is a litmus test of Ecuador’s fleeting democracy.

The Defence Minister Luis Lara , in a media chat with journalists informed the public that the armed forces is determined to maintain order and protect it Democracy,

Leonidas Iza, the leader of the CONAIE, an indigenous group accused the government of corruption, and inequality which breed proverty among its people, leading to the protest .

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