Former president Correa and 28 assembly members leave Alianza PAIS party

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The former president, who won his first presidential election in 2007 with the Alianza PAIS party, went to the National Electoral Council’s headquarters in Babahoyo, alongside Paola Pabon, former Politics Secretary and Ricardo Patiño, who had also led AP since its foundation.

Quito, Jan 16 (Andes).-  Ecuador’s former president Rafael Correa and some assembly members announced Tuesday they will leave the Alianza PAIS (AP) ruling party that led the Citizens’ Revolution process during more than a decade.

Such decision was made after the Electoral Tribunal (TCE by its acronym in Spanish) ruled that Ricardo Zambrano would continue to be Executive Secretary of the party.

The former president, who won his first presidential election in 2007 with the Alianza PAIS party, went to the National Electoral Council’s headquarters in Babahoyo, alongside Paola Pabon, former Politics Secretary and Ricardo Patiño, who had also led AP since its foundation.

Correa presented a letter to officially leave the party and affirmed that the Citizens’ Revolution meant a change of power because his administration represented the majorities but now bankers, entrepreneurs and media are returning to power.

“They can take symbols, the flag, the building, colors, the number but people, principles, the revolution, the future is with us,” affirmed Correa, who left the party and thus stopped being the lifetime president of the political organization.

The former president added that they leave the party because “we will not continue to be part of a movement whose president has reached agreements with the most corrupt of the Ecuadorian political and economic class.”

This puts an end to the internal dispute that emerged in the organization after Moreno’s swearing-in ceremony last May 24.

Moreno questioned the work done by his predecessor, who ruled between 2007 and 2017, while the then leadership of the party rejected the talks promoted by the chief of state with sectors identified as the responsible of the political, economic and social crisis of the country before 2007.

For this reason, the then leadership, composed of assembly member Gabriela Rivadeneira and Ricardo Patiño, decided to oust Moreno as chairman of the party. Such decision led the head of state to present precautionary measures.

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