The opposition is being advised by foreign experts to promote a smear campaign in Ecuador

Quito, Feb 14 (Andes) – The Ecuadorian right-wing party has used “all heavy artillery” to change the results of presidential elections to take place on Sunday 19 with candidate Lenin Moreno, from the governing party, ahead in polls.

The right-wing’s intentions to get power in elections have made them desperate. The reason for which they resort to a smear campaign due to their lack of proposals, Alfredo Serrano Mancilla, executive director of the Latin American Strategic Center for Geopolitical Studies (CELEG) told Andes Agency.

In mid-January, Serrano Mancilla mentioned “Ecuador will continue to be the lab for the right-wing to continue looking for scandals to change the campaign agenda,” as they did in Argentina, Venezuela and Bolivia.

“They probably have a few tricks up their sleeves to damage elections. In fact, Clinton’s and Obama’s advisors have already arrived in Ecuadorian territory to begin a war against the Citizen Revolution,” Serrano wrote.

Asked by Andes, the analyst and professor from Latin American universities confirmed such statement.

“They’re here, they’re actively participating in the Ecuadorian campaign. Mexican advisors who work with the regional right-wing are coming, they’re very well-known internationally, and they’re coming from the United States. There are advisors from North America, from Argentina, Ecuadorians, the whole team of (Jaime) Durán Barba” he said.

These advisors want to tell the world on February 20 (one day after elections) that the progressive cycle is over. He called on everyone to be alert to the smear campaign organized by the extreme right wing.

The smear campaign aims at favoring international economic powers that want Ecuador to be what it was in the past, a country with no sovereignty that served foreign interests, he explained.

Serrano says there is no difference between both candidates representing the right-wing (Guillermo Lasso from CREO, and Cynthia Viteri, from Social Cristiano party), which may seem they’re autonomous from one another.

“They are running mates and sometimes one plays as the bad one and the other as the good one but one offers measures that complement the other. In terms of taxes, they practically present and sign the same agreement. One of them dares to approve or ratify the ethical pact proposal (proposed by President Correa to fight tax havens),” he explained.

He said we must be clear about something: there is a proposal of the Citizen Revolution against a unified opposition represented by Lasso and Viteri which are actually a team.

“If they fail the first attempt, they will probably reinvent themselves together for the next elections. We should not differentiate one from another because they represent a common project,” he mentioned.

The smear campaign reported by the government aims at vice president Glas and is based on a “report” from the US Department of Justice on alleged bribes from Odebrecht with no evidence which has been used by the opposition.

The end of the progressive cycle

About the hypothesis of the end of the cycle they talk about after Macri was elected president of Argentina, the rejection of a referendum suggested by president Evo Morales in Bolivia and the majority of right-winged parliament members in Venezuela, Serrano said it is not feasible and added that elections in Ecuador are essential to destroy such hypothesis.

“Everybody has their eyes on Ecuador and that’s what makes this campaign nationally and regionally important, more attractive, intense and with different peculiarities: president Correa not running for president, and the right wing’s desperation to get power in elections,” he said.

He explained that in Latin American elections, during the “progressive cycle”, the right wing has achieved only 4% success in 15 years.

Lula and Dilma won 4 times in Brazil. Nestor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández won three times in Argentina; Macri was the only right-winged member who won. In Venezuela, Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro won four times. Tabaré Vázquez and José Mújica won 3 times in Uruguay. Evo has won three elections.

In Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega has won for three consecutive times. And so far in Ecuador, Rafael Correa won three times.

This pattern of electoral victories has been partially countered by events of the last two years.