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      Ecuador: The parties of the bankers, the banana merchants and the generals
      are wiped off the electoral

      [Translation of an article from *La Jornada* of Mexico City for February
      19. See original here <http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2013/02/19/mundo/025n1mun>

      By Blanche Petrich

      *Quito, February 18* � The elections on Sunday buried the old political
      class that had governed Ecuador during the 20th century. As the official
      vote count by the Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE) of the races for members
      of the national and provincial assemblies goes on, a new map is being
      drawn: the parties of the bankers, the banana merchants and the portions of
      the military that shaped the destiny of the country between coups d��tat,
      conspiracies, uprisings and plunder have disappeared from the national

      Legislating during the new term of the [unicameral] Assembly, with a total
      of 137 members, will be the ruling party, the Alianza Patria Altiva y
      Soberana (PAIS), with between 91 and 94 seats. The exact count is not yet
      certain. As a very diminished second electoral power comes Creando
      Oportunidades (CREO) with between 20 and 25 seats.

      PAIS was only formed as a party in 2006 for Rafael Correa�s first electoral
      campaign. CREO appeared last year to champion the conservative Guillermo

      At the other extreme, Colonel Lucio Guti�rrez�s Partido Sociedad Patri�tica
      is left with seven congressmen, among them his brother Gilmar Guti�rrez.
      Although polling agencies and the communications media claimed for weeks
      that this ousted former president would challenge Correa in a runoff, the
      tally shows that he carried only Napo, the province he is from, in the
      Amazon, one of the poorest regions in the country and the breeding ground
      for the army�s infantrymen. Voting behavior shows that this remote point in
      the Ecuadorian geography is an Achilles� heel for Correa.

      One of the most significant defeats is perhaps that of the Partido Social
      Cristiano, which represents the oligarchy that installed almost all the
      presidents in the past. Analysts hold that if its historic leading figure,
      Jaime Nebot, powerful mayor of Guayaquil, had run, a good deal of the
      forces of the Right would have gathered around him. But on this occasion he
      preferred to sit it out and not to run. Their candidates for the
      legislature won eight seats. One of the three losers is asking for a

      Three organizations have disappeared from the political map. The most
      dramatic case is that of �lvaro Noboa�s Partido Renovador Institucional
      Acci�n Nacional (PRIAN). One of the richest men in the country, with the
      greatest number of businesses, mainly in the banana trade, Noboa has a
      history as a repressor of workers and the greatest generator of precarious
      jobs, who has run for the presidency five times and has gone to a runoff on
      two occasions. Many journalists adore the banana merchant politician�s
      comic bent, which did not take them in this time: with 3.7 percent of the
      votes against 56 percent for Correa, he appeared before the CNE to claim
      electoral fraud and to ask for a recount, vote by vote. �What would we do
      without Alvarito?� they comment in reportorial circles.

      Also wiped out was the Partido Roldosista de Ecuador, the organization run
      by former president Abdal� Bucaram, removed from office in 1997 after being
      declared �crazy� and now in exile in Panama. [The eccentric Bucaram had
      labeled himself � El Loco.�] This time he chose an evangelical preacher
      with neither charisma nor political sophistication to run in his name. Only
      his son, Dalo Bucaram, managed to keep his seat in the assembly.

      The other two to disappear are Ruptura, a splinter group of the Correista
      movement, and the Socialistas del Frente Amplio.

      The Movimiento Unidad Plurinacional de las Izquierdas-Movimiento Popular
      Democr�tico (Maoist) will have five seats.

      Among the most prominent legislators of the majority PAIS caucus is
      29-year-old Gabriela Rivadeneyra, former governor of Imbabura and one of
      those most often mentioned as a possible successor to Correa for the
      leadership of the citizen revolution when he finishes his second term in
      2017. There is also the soccer player, Iv�n Hurtado, former captain of the
      Ecuadorian team and forward for the Greek team; Carlos Viteri Gualinga,
      popular musician, anthropologist, former official of the BID [Banco
      Interamericano de Desarrollo] and a Quechua of the Amazon community of
      Sarayaku, in the province of Pastaza; and journalist Mar�a Augusta Calle,
      one of the most visible and most often attacked promoters of the new Ley de
      Comunicaci�n Social, which will be the first battle to be taken up by the
      new congress.

      A curious fact: a dozen �television stars,� comedians, hosts and models �
      in the style of Gaby Pazmi�o, Carlos Matamoros and Claudia Campusano,
      Rosita the taxi driver � that minority parties offered as candidates for
      legislative seats (fame to cover a lack of ideas) will still be in show
      business. Almost nobody voted for them.

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