ECUARUNARI calls on the Assembly to dissolve the National Congress:
“The first fundamental tasks that the Constituent Assembly must confront are to dissolve the National Congress because it lacks political legitimacy, to recover the natural resources – petroleum, water, mining, hydroelectricity, forests that have been conceded to private transnational companies – and to write up a constitution with all the profundity of our peoples. To this task we commit ourselves completely. We put ourselves at the disposal of the exploited, the discriminated against and the impoverished majorities of the country, with all of the persistence and struggle of the indigenous peoples and nations, and we hope to work alongside all the social and political sectors of the country in the fulfillment of the mandate given by the sovereign people of Ecuador.”
…..and so the political process of the Constituent Assembly in Ecuador officially kicks off. Correa holds a workable majority, but on “major”(?) issues, such as abortion and the legal status of and rights for gays and lesbians, there might be internal dissidents.
Let us hope, at least, that the congress can be sent to the lawyers (lions) without too much civil unrest; but real reforms that go beyond redistributing capitalist profits will be a struggle to achieve in what is already an alliance of compromises and double standards – after all, it is politics we’re dealing with, business as usual. Watch this space for more…..