Tag: Rafael Correa

Rafael Correa
Thursday, April 21st 2016 - 12:16 UTC

Ecuador raises taxes to rebuild cities devastated by major earthquake which continues with aftershocks

Late Wednesday, the government raised the death toll to 570 and climbing. Officials listed 163 people as missing while the number of homeless climbed over 23,500.

President Rafael Correa announced Wednesday night that he is raising sales taxes and will charge a one-time levy on millionaires to rebuild cities devastated by Ecuador's worst earthquake in decades. In a televised address, Correa said damages from the 7.8-magnitude quake will likely run into the billions of dollars, adding to already heavy economic hardships triggered by the collapse in world oil prices.

Monday, April 18th 2016 - 08:21 UTC

Ecuador quake primary toll: 262 killed and over 2.500 injured, but climbing

Vice President Jorge Glas said the toll, 262 killed and over 2.500 injured  was likely to rise because a large number of people remained unaccounted for

Aid began to flow in Sunday to areas devastated by Ecuador's strongest earthquake in decades and the death toll continued to rise as people left homeless hunkered down for another night outside in the dark.

Saturday, March 19th 2016 - 09:13 UTC

Brazilian situation shows division among Unasur members

Uruguay is promoting a declaration demanding 'respect for the mandate and government of president Dilma Rousseff', said foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa.

Unasur, the Union of South American Nations is divided on how to address the Brazilian situation: while Uruguay, Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia have agreed on a strong statement in support of president Dilma Rousseff, Argentina expressed 'institutional support' and Chile abstained.

Wednesday, September 30th 2015 - 06:38 UTC

Plenty of Cristina's friends referred to the Malvinas claim at the UN

  “It's obvious that in a limited span of time the president can't address all issues and she had priorities”, pointed out Timerman

Although president Cristina Fernandez, to the surprise of many, did not mention a word about Argentina's claim over the Falkland Islands, particularly since this was her last address to the UN General Assembly, Minister Hector Timerman said that nobody could doubt the president's commitment to the Malvinas question, and there were plenty of mentions to the issue from allied countries.

Tuesday, September 22nd 2015 - 10:14 UTC

With mediation of Uruguay and Ecuador border Colombia / Venezuela reopens

The talks -- facilitated by Correa and Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez -- lasted five hours and also saw an agreement of “the situation on the border”

Colombia and Venezuela have agreed to restore diplomatic dialogue and oversee “progressive normalization” of their border, after a meeting between Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his counterpart Nicolas Maduro.

Friday, September 11th 2015 - 10:14 UTC

Ecuador's Correa orders dissolution of freedom of expression organization

According to César Ricaurte, the legal process that Secom has started does not make any distinction between partisan politics and political journalism.

Fundamedios, an Ecuadorian organization that defends freedom of expression, is now the one in need of defense, as it faces state-mandated closure. On Tuesday, September 8, its directors reported that they had received a letter from the National Communications Secretariat (Secom), which informed them of the beginning “of the dissolution process” against the institution.

Monday, August 17th 2015 - 08:07 UTC

Ecuador declares state of emergency as volcano Cotopaxi becomes active

Two minor explosions Friday at Cotopaxi, about 43.5 miles south of Quito, led to a precautionary evacuation of small towns in the center of the country.

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa declared a state of emergency Saturday after increased activity the day before at the giant Cotopaxi volcano, giving the government greater leeway to mobilize financial resources in the event of an eruption.

Monday, July 6th 2015 - 07:55 UTC

Francis in Ecuador repeats call 'to hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor'

“I thank God for having allowed me to return to Latin America and to be here with you today in this beautiful land of Ecuador”

Francis landed in Ecuador's capital Quito on Sunday to begin an eight-day tour of South America that will also include visits to Bolivia and Paraguay. On his first visit as pontiff to Latin America, the Argentina-born pope is scheduled to conduct masses in both Quito and the coastal city of Guayaquil before flying to Bolivia on Wednesday.

Saturday, July 4th 2015 - 07:21 UTC

Ecuadorians take to the streets to protest against Correa; Pope arrives Sunday

Protests began to widen in early June after Correa tried to impose a 75% tax on inheritances and capital gains from real estate sales.

Thousands of people turned out for protest marches across Ecuador on Thursday to call for the ouster of President Rafael Correa just three days before a visit by Pope Francis. Full demonstrations were reported in the three biggest cities, Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca, as well as other smaller cities. Correa claimed a 'coup' was on the making.

Friday, June 19th 2015 - 23:45 UTC

Ecuador's Correa suspends controversial death duties debate until after Pope's visit

“We are aiming for a peaceful, joyful and reflective environment during Pope Francis’ visit; I have decided to temporarily withdraw the bills mentioned”

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa announced he would temporarily withdraw two controversial tax bills from the legislature, saying he would give the public time to debate them. The bills, which would have raised taxes on inheritances and capital gains, generated uproar that led to mass street protests in recent days.

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