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Correa: “I will have the role that Andrés assigns me but my life is in Belgium”

Mexico, Jan 19 (EFE) .- Former President Rafael Correa assured that in a possible government of Andrés Arauz, candidate for the presidency of Ecuador by Union for Hope (UNES), he will have the role that “he assigns him”, although he affirmed that his life is now in Belgium. What role will I have? Whoever Andrés assigns me, he has very generously said that he would love to be advised, if I can advise from a distance, because my life project is to continue in Belgium, “Correa said in an interview with Efe in Mexico City. Correa, who governed From 2007 to 2017 as one of the leaders of the Latin American left, he resides in Belgium since 2017, where his wife is from, and cannot return to Ecuador due to a sentence of eight years in prison and political disqualification for the case “Bribes 2012- 2016. “Arauz, candidate in the elections on February 7, told Efe last November that Correa will return to the country as did former president Evo Morales in Bolivia after the victory of his party, the Movement for Socialism (MAS). But from the Mexican capital, where he is a guest of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Correa said that his objective is not to return, but to recover the path of “joy, well-being and prosperity” of Ecuador. “My intention is continuous r my life with my family in Belgium and dedicated to academia, obviously I will always be where my country needs me, but in principle winning the election does not solve the judicial problems ”, he asserted. ‘ELECTORAL GUARANTEES ARE MISSING’ Correa’s statements come after the National Electoral Council (CNE) of Ecuador prohibited him from lending his image and voice to UNES electoral propaganda. “It falls into the ridiculous, but clearly demonstrates the lack of freedoms and the brutal political persecution that we have suffered in recent years, as well as the lack of guarantees to have clean, transparent elections,” he denounced. The former president, who was seeking to be a candidate for The vice presidency before his political disqualification, justified his intervention in the propaganda because the CNE eliminated the registration of his Social Commitment Force (list 5). Correa argued that he has had a “very important and leading role in the campaign” to inform that his The movement is now on list 1 with the Democratic Center. “They have sought to eliminate us politically, but instead of doing it democratically by making a better government than the one we did, they did not care to destroy the homeland in order to destroy us, to persecute us,” he said. ‘MORENO, THE PRESIDENT WITH THE WORST RATING’ The economist insisted that President Lenin Moreno “stole” the Alianza PAIS (Patria Altiva I Sobera na) after being its vice president twice (2007-2009 and 2009-2013). “Moreno is already in the dustbin of history, he is the president with the worst rating in the history of the country, with the worst rating in Latin America and probably in the world. It is not even worth taking into account anymore,” he said. Correa considered that the next president “will not receive a country, he will receive ruins.” The former president blamed Moreno for the “worst crisis in Ecuador’s history” for adopting “the most brutal neoliberalism.” ‘LÓPEZ OBRADOR IS A WIND OF HOPE’ The leftist leader celebrated that Mexico has a “progressive president after decades of neoliberalism” with the coming to power of Andrés Manuel López Obrador in 2018. “The arrival of López Obrador was a fresh wind of hope for the entire region, even more so when we had the onslaught of what we call the ‘conservative restoration’, Mexico is an extremely important country, “he said. Correa, an icon of Latin America’s “Pink Tide”, believes that the current Mexican government “is doing” what it can to consolidate a new progressive alliance in the region. “I believe that there is the best disposition of the Mexican Government to articulate that policy, to seek Latin American integration, but more support is required at the regional level. Right now there is a very important Mexico-Argentina axis, but it is not enough, “he said. The economist highlighted Mexico’s political leadership in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac). He also highlighted the political asylum it has offered to politicians from the Correísmo, Evo Morales and Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder. “It is a very powerful message, it is saying to the hegemonic countries: ‘gentlemen, Julian Assange, is a politically persecuted person, what he has said is the truth and Mexico opens the doors’ are very powerful messages, “he reflected. (c) EFE Agency

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