News ID: 14780
Published: 0338 GMT November 01, 2014

Ecuador court OKs reelection package

Ecuador court OKs reelection package

Ecuador’s top court has authorized a constitutional reform package that would allow indefinite re-election for all elected office-holders in the country, including incumbent President Rafael Correa.

Ecuador’s Constitutional Court on Friday authorized office-holders to run for office for unlimited terms, Press TV said.

This is while the current constitution, in place since 2008, allows the president to serve no more than two consecutive terms.

The top court sent the bill to the country’s National Assembly for approval, where Correa’s ruling Alianza Pais Party holds the majority of seats.

“We send this to be processed through constitutional amendment in accordance with Article 441, Number 2 of the Constitution of the Republic, inasmuch as these matters do not alter the fundamental structure nor the character nor elements of the State’s Constitution, nor establish restrictions to rights or guarantees, nor modify the Constitutional reform procedure,” Constitutional Court Secretary General Jaime Pozo said.

Correa has not yet announced whether he would run for office after his current term expires in 2017. The 51-year-old politician was first elected in November 2006 and took office in January 2007.

Opposition politicians say Correa is seeking dictatorial powers. Opinion polls also show that two-thirds of Ecuadorians believe such an issue needs to be decided in a referendum.

Ecuador has the presidential term limit of four years but Correa’s last three predecessors were toppled by massive protests and opposition-led legislatures.

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