March 6, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
A Spanish High Court judge on Thursday ordered 40 people, including three former ruling party treasurers, to stand trial over a bribes-for-contracts scheme. Investigation into the Gurtel scandal began in 2009 after a recording surfaced of Francisco Correa bragging about Luis Barcenas' acceptance ...[read more]
November 1, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Constitutional Court of Ecuador on Friday ruled that congress may vote on proposal to allow unlimited re-election terms. The case was brought to the court by the ruling Alianza Pais party, which proposed indefinite re-election for elected officials in June. It is anticipated that lawmakers ...[read more]
May 7, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On May 7, 2011, Ecuadorian voters approved a series of judicial, social and other governmental reforms backed by President Rafael Correa and approved by the Constitutional Court of Ecuador. The judicial reforms included provisions to dissolve the standing oversight body and replace it with a ...[read more]
February 22, 2012
by Sarah Posner
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) urged Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa and his administration on Tuesday to postpone the sentencing of El Universo managers convicted of libel until after a hearing between the parties in March. The IACHR issued an injunction urging the ...[read more]
February 17, 2012
by Michael Haggerson
Carlos Perez, one of four El Universo managers convicted of libel against Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, was granted asylum by Panama on Thursday. El Universo is the second largest newspaper in Ecuador. Two of the four men, Cesar and Nicolas Perez, have already fled to Miami. The ...[read more]
October 12, 2011
by Ashley Hileman
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on Tuesday enacted an antitrust law, provisions of which further his conflict with the country's news media. The new law specifically bars news media owners and bankers from holding financial stakes in other industries and generally bars companies from ...[read more]
July 21, 2011
by Julia Zebley
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa won a criminal libel claim on Thursday against the owners and a columnist of newspaper El Universo, resulting in fines of USD $40 million and a three-year sentence for the offending journalist and editors. Emilio Palacio, Nicholas Perez, Cesar Perez and Carlos ...[read more]
May 8, 2011
by Drew Singer
Ecuadorian voters on Saturday approved a series of judicial, social and other governmental reforms backed by President Rafael Correa. The judicial reforms will dissolve the standing oversight body and replace it with a temporary body to oversee the restructuring of the national court system. ...[read more]
April 4, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On April 4, 2007, the Ecuadorian Constitutional Tribunal upheld the dismissal of 57 members of the country's legislature, overruling an earlier decision that would have required that the legislators be reinstated by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal. The legislators were dismissed in response to ...[read more]
March 1, 2011
by Edward SanFilippo
Lindsay Green-Barber: "Ecuador's President Correa will today sign an executive decree ordering a consulta popular (referendum) to be held within 67 days. While the justices of Ecuador's Corte Constitucional have, with a majority of opinions, deemed President Correa's proposed consulta as ...[read more]

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