Here in the US, we’re used to supposed “conservatives” morphing into socialists as soon as they get into office.
Ecuador’s new president Lenin Moreno is interesting just because he breaks this typical mold. In the last decade, Ecuador was ruled by socialist strongman Rafael Correa, who was one of Hugo Chavez’s closest allies. While not as inept as Venezuela’s government, Correa nonetheless wasted much of the country’s treasure during the oil boom years on social spending, leaving the government with little room to maneuver after the 2014 oil price shock.
However, Ecuador recently elected Lenin Moreno, who billed himself as Correa’s successor. After being elected, however, Moreno has governed as a moderate, and tried his best to roll back many of Correa’s reforms as well as allow for a free press in Ecuador, which had been subject to ruthless crackdowns during Correa’s administration. Correa himself has been barred from Ecuadorian politics by Moreno.
Now, Moreno is seeking to distance himself from Correa’s alliance with Venezuela. He has been helped along by Maduro’s steadfast and unwavering support for the now-powerless Correa:
The president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, is about to change his foreign policy in relation to Venezuela after warning Nicolas Maduro “not to provoke him.”
After more than ten years in which Ecuador has supported Chavismo in Venezuela, it seems that the situation between the two countries has reached a new low, and is becoming increasingly tense, as recently Nicolás Maduro made statements which Moreno himself deemed to be a violation of the principle of diplomatic “non-interference.”
Ramirez explained to the PanAm Post that Moreno has pursued his own political agenda and has clearly “not been the puppet of Rafael Correa,” and Moreno has indicated that he will forcefully protest against any possible interference on the part of Venezuela.
It seems that Moreno is getting fed up with Maduro, because recently he also referred to Venezuela as a “bizarre democracy.”
He acknowledged that the Maduro regime prevents the participation of the opposition “with limited possibility of international observation.” He added that is not within what we consider to be normal in a democracy.
This is not the first sign that Ecuador is beginning to turn in favor of the struggle against the dictatorship in Venezuela, and although it has taken a while, the rupture between Maduro and Moreno seems imminent.
Last Thursday, July 5, the Ecuadorian Parliament voted to approve a debate on the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Most of the legislators voted in support of asking the executive to address and examine the urgent crisis in Venezuela.
Following a meeting between US Vice President Mike Pence and Moreno, the world has seen a slight changes from Ecuador with regard to the Venezuelan regime.