Ecuador Rising – Hatarinchej features a collection of the right-wing candidates for the constituent assembly in Ecuador, which, by the way, is not going to rewrite the constitution, but engage in a political debacle that costs hundreds of millions of dollars and which is a struggle for particular definitions or limitations or interpretations (and so on) of the new constitution written by a group of carefully selected lawyers.
The colonos blog has said a bit about the trouble of the Ecuadorian, parliamentary (and the upper echelons of civil society) Left, the neo-socialist or neo-liberal left – which ever way you want to define the current political climate in quite a few Latin American nation states (you can here read a contribution by Rafael Correa to establish what that phenomenon is). This is a comment on the Ecuadorian right, which is even worse – as viciously rich and powerful as your next war criminal:
“As you will understand the list of candidates is enormous, but that is the strategy of the right, of avoiding the discovery of the past commonalities that unite them with the traditional and oligarchical parties, of which they were part. It is useful to identify the true candidates of the people, the workers, the farmers, the students, the small retailers, the migrants, etc. They have the space, the candidates who offer to fight for the nationalisation of petroleum and the mines; those that want to eliminate the labor ‘casualisation’; who yearn to recover monetary, legal and territorial sovereignty, that the Right stripped from us with bad governments; those that dream of a worthy and sovereign motherland await your support. It is necessary to bury the parties of the Right, those named ID, PRE, PRIAN, UDC, PSC and, of course, the PSP, of ex-president Lucio Gutiérrez.”
and the list follows:
Candidates for the Constituent Assembly
“Ladies and gentlemen, Ecuadorian people, we here present the independent candidates, citizen of clean hands , sharers in common, patriots, politicians; all of them today presenting themselves in this tribune in order to shine as the members of an Assembly which the Motherland deserves; in order to re-lower the prices, in favor of dialogue and not of confrontation; to attract investment, to generate jobs and wealth and to keep the dollar, for secula seculorum…” – can you believe this?
Fellow citizens, it is time to expose the candidates of the rich industralists and their allies, who continue to try to control the country. Will you let yourself be taken by the hair and return the vote to them? Without any more introductions, here they are. These are the candidates of the Ecuadorian Right-wing for the Constituent Assembly, in Pichincha and at a national level:
IST 3, SP, PATRIOTIC SOCIETY
Provincial Candidates for Latin America
- Mónica del Rocío Iza, Gonzalo Iza y Clara Iza: some family kinship, or pure coincidence? …
- Gilmar Gutiérrez, presently an oil industralist, ex-deputy for the SP.
- Fausto Lupera, collaborator of the government of Lucio Gutiérrez
LIST 5, UDC, CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC UNION EX- DP, green arrow
- Ramiro Galarza, ex-Vice-minister of the Economy under Gutiérrez, partisan of the free market economy and the FTA.
- Mauricio Pinto, industralist, ex-minister for Finances in the government of Sixto Durán Ballen; councilman for the DP; president of the DP Monetary Junta; supporter of signing the FTA with the US.
LIST 6, PSC, CHRISTIAN SOCIAL PARTY
- César Rohón, tuna industralist; was a member of the 1998 assembly, contributor to the privatisationist neoliberal Constitution that allowed the ransacking of public institutions and government properties. Contributor to the divisionist autonomy campaign underway in the country.
- Blasco Peñaherrera Padilla, ex-vice-president under Leon Febres Cordero; partner of Buffet González-Peñaherrera, who is a legal adviser to oil-giant Petrobras; lawyer for the banker Nicolás Landes; defender of neoliberalism and the free company.
LIST 7, PRIAN, PARTY FOR INSTITUTIONAL RENOVATION
- Alvaro Noboa, ex-President of the Monetary Junta of Abdalá Bucarám; ex-presidential candidate; banana tycoon linked to the flour monopoly.
- Vladimir Vargas, ex-employee of Alvaro Noboa; model and manager of CN Model Agency.
- Roberto Ponce Noboa, cousin of Alvaro Noboa.
- Maria Elena Pontón, relative of Alvaro Noboa.
LIST 10, PRE, ECUADORIAN ROLDOSISTA PARTY
- Héctor Solórzano, Lawyer and personal friend of Abdalá Bucarám.
- Eduardo Armendáriz, Undersecretary for Small and Medium Industry in the government of Alfredo Palacio.
LISTS 12 & 32, ID, DEMOCRATIC LEFT
- Diego Monsalve, industralist, ex-deputy for ID.
- Eva García, ex-candidate to the vice-presidency of the republic for ID.
- Diego Borja, ex-minister of the Economy, government of Alfredo Palacio.
LIST 23, MOVEMENT FOR CIVIC CHRISTIAN COMMITMENT
- Rosángela Adoum, ex-minister of education, government of Mahuad.
LIST 29, NETWORK FOR ETHICS AND DEMOCRACY (RED)
- Leon Roldós Aguilera, ex-vice-president of the Monetary Junta, ex-director of the University of Guayaquil during whose administration it attacked university students; a personage tied to the NGOs the Esquel Foundation, and Citizen Participation, with financing from the US.
- Gallic Macías Rizzo, industralist, advocate of abolishing trade unionism.
- Luis Hernandez, industralist, ex-ally of the Colonel Lucio Gutiérrez.
Additionally, there is Raul Patiño, Coordinator of the RED, who was minister for Social welfare in the government of Gustavo Noboa.
LIST 41, MOVEMENT ONE
- Mae Montaño, industralist, ex-Manager of Esmeraldas Harbor Authority in the government of Alfredo Palacio; ex-member of Citizen Participation, and of USAID.
- Santiago Rivadeneira, industralist, manager of Solidario Bank, in favour of signing the FTA with the US.
The master-mind of Movement ONE, Eduardo Maruri, is an industralist linked to the Chamber of Commerce of Guayaquil; its agency Maruri Publicity produced TV ads for OXY, when it tried to convince the country of the kindness of the North American oil company.
LIST 25, 53, 39, ALLIANCE MOVEMENT
- Oscar Ayerve, formerly a minister in the government of Lucio Gutiérrez.
LIST 51, MOVEMENT FOR NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC AGREEMENT
- César Montúfar, disguised spokesman for North American interference by the US in Ecuador. He was a high-ranking employee of Citizen Participation, and tied to private NGOs.
- Pilar Perez, wife of the industralist Roque Sevilla, linked to Mahuad’s Popular Democracy, today the UDC.
- Carlos Aguinaga, ex-president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, affiliated with the UDC.
LIST 55, NATIONAL MOVEMENT OF SOCIAL AGREEMENT
- Juana Vallejo, deputy and governor of Guayas Province, minister of Tourism, political quota of the Democratic Left party, ID.
- Alexander Carrión, ex-deputy of ID.
LIST 99, CITIZEN MOVEMENT “THE FUTURE ALREADY!”
- Lucio Pablo Paredes, ex-Secretary of Planning during the government of Sixto Durán Ballén; defender of neoliberal policies and the signing of the FTA with the US.
LIST 152, MOVEMENT “ECUADORIAN FORCE”
- Humberto Mata, industralist and retailer from Guayaquil, ex-candidate to the prefecture of Guayas Province, related to the Buenos Aires aristocracy.