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What is happening ahead of Ecuador’s 2021 elections?

Ecuador’s next general elections are scheduled on the 7th February 2021, and the government-controlled electoral authorities have blocked numerous opposition parties from the political party register, which has seemingly gone unnoticed internationally. Critics are accusing current President Lenín Moreno of trying to interfere and bypass democracy ahead of next year’s elections, amidst a huge decline in popularity and distinct move towards authoritarianism. But what exactly is happening in Ecuador ahead of the 2021 general election?
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President Lenín Moreno has a history of political persecution against former president Rafael Correa, and he has amassed enough power during his time in government to orchestrate a campaign of dubious legal cases against the former president, in an effort to block the political return of Correa. There are 25 ongoing criminal investigations currently underway against Correa and most are seemingly based on falsified evidence, for example the kidnap case in which the chief witness fled to Argentina, announcing he was threatened with nine years in prison if he refused to testify against Correa. Correa’s political party has since been blocked from registering for the election in 2021, in an effort at election interference that goes as far as even targeting Correa associates. This extremely aggressive campaign of weaponising the country’s judiciary has been described as “lawfare”, and is considered to be Moreno’s attempt make a mockery of democracy in Ecuador in order to cling to power despite his falling status in the country.

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President Lenín Moreno has a history of political persecution against former president Rafael Correa, and he has amassed enough power during his time in government to orchestrate a campaign of dubious legal cases against the former president, in an effort to block the political return of Correa. There are 25 ongoing criminal investigations currently underway against Correa and most are seemingly based on falsified evidence, for example the kidnap case in which the chief witness fled to Argentina, announcing he was threatened with nine years in prison if he refused to testify against Correa. Correa’s political party has since been blocked from registering for the election in 2021, in an effort at election interference that goes as far as even targeting Correa associates. This extremely aggressive campaign of weaponising the country’s judiciary has been described as “lawfare”, and is considered to be Moreno’s attempt make a mockery of democracy in Ecuador in order to cling to power despite his falling status in the country.
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