Ecuadorean Elections and the Impact of Change

By Katherine Segovia, Opinion Writer

As Ecuador’s presidential elections come to an end, many Ecuadorean citizens fear that they will soon have to deal with more of the same authoritarian rule that Rafael Correa has brought to the country for the past ten years. Regardless of the outcome of the election, the country’s new president will have a lot on their shoulders, especially with regards to solving the debt and corruption in Ecuador.

Correa, Ecuador’s current president, was first elected in 2007. Since then, he has gone on to serve three terms. Many are critical of Correa because of the corruption and the economic state of the country since he has been in office.

The presidential election took place February 19. It was reported by various news outlets that the votes would take long to count, which left citizens with ample time to worry about the state of their country after the election.

Although Lenin Moreno, former vice president, had a ten percent lead against Guillermo Lasso, a former banker, the two will now face a run-off since Moreno did not reach the 40 percent needed to secure the presidency.

BBC reported that left-wing Moreno wants to “increase employment opportunities and give all Ecuadoreans the chance to go on to higher education,” while Lasso wants to “create a million jobs by promoting foreign investment” and “cut taxes for big companies.”

Moreno served as Correa’s vice president, which is why many are skeptical of his policies and fear that he will be the next president. Evidently, Ecuadorean citizens do not want more of the same authoritarian rule they received under Correa for the past decade. They want to rid their country of the corruption, scandals and economic downturn instead of electing someone who will bring more of the same.

This leads to the consideration of an even bigger concept: the power of the majority in the face of change. When a group of people so desires change, they work tirelessly until their goal is achieved. It is seen throughout history and continues to be seen today.

When women in America and supporters of women’s equality banded together, they worked until women finally achieved the right to vote and eventually more rights in general. Supporters of the Civil Rights Movement marched and protested until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, ending segregation in public places.

Although things such as racism and misogyny still exist today, it is still important to note how many strides were made and how far the movements have come in obtaining rights for their respective groups.

In a somewhat different light, the United States’ presidential election mirrored similar themes of wanting change and achieving it. After eight years of a Democratic president, many Republican and undecided or independent voters did not want more of the same. They wanted to live in a country ruled by those who shared their same ideologies.

They so craved this changed that not only was a Republican president nominated, but the House and Senate are also currently under Republican control, which causes great discomfort among Democrats and liberals across the country.

Do Ecuadorean citizens have the power and the majority needed to stand together and oppose the authoritarian rule they have been subjected to for the past ten years? There is power in numbers and with enough support and determination for change, Ecuadoreans can work toward the change needed in their country, even if the presidential election does not work out in their favor.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, March 21st print edition.

Contact Katherine at

katherine.segovia@student.shu.edu

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