Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa is praising national assembly loyalists for supporting his proposal to amend the constitution so that he can’t seek re-election in 2017.
But this proposal comes with a catch: The legislation cleared by governing bloc legislators would enable indefinite re-election of a later president. Correa could run again in 2021 and thereafter without restriction.
“We have accepted, showing respect and solidarity towards our President, his decision not to be a candidate considering the deep humanitarian and sensitive reasons which have spurred him into taking this decision which has saddened many.” Member of Correa’s socialist Alianza País party Gabriela Rivadeneira commented in congress.
However, a vote on the proposed amendment has not been set in congress, where Correa’s alliance holds 100 of the 137 seats.
Correa has been president since of Ecuador 2007. Many believe the leftist’s decision to sit out of the 2017 elections is based on the OPEC nation’s economy being battered by depressed crude prices.
The president has faced a series of strikes and protests earlier this year, as workers unions, teachers and doctors were just some of the professional groups demanding improved conditions across the country.