Ecuador’s Referendum Reveals a Fragmented Country

May 18, 2011 Marc Becker 0

On May 7, Ecuadorians voted in a referendum on ten questions ranging through constitution, judicial, political, and social issues. In the run-up to the vote many observers cast the election as a plebiscite on president Rafael Correa’s four years in office, a test of his popularity, and on his prospects of winning reelection in 2013, rather than a contest over any specific issue that the referendum raised. More than anything, however, the referendum revealed the deeply fragmented nature of the country.


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