Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa on Saturday slammed his country’s right-wing opposition, saying their destabilization efforts are part of the “same dirty campaign” behind protests in Venezuela.
Correa made the remarks at a mass street rally in Quito celebrating the election of President-elect Lenin Moreno and the continuation of Ecuador’s Citizens’ Revolution. The outgoing leader also assured supporters that his country will remain strong and united amidst right-wing destabilization threats.
“The opposition in Ecuador, like in Venezuela, seeks to delegitimize the president by heating up the streets and claiming there’s a divided country,” Correa said.
“But we are strong and no one will snatch what we have achieved.”
Correa’s remarks echoed those made last week against Guayaquil Mayor Jaime Nebot, a supporter of the Ecuadorean and Venezuelan opposition. Nebot, who supported right-wing banker Guillermo Lasso against Moreno, backed opposition calls for a “supralegal investigation” into Moreno’s win, which they claimed was a “fraud.”
Ecuador’s National Electoral Council, CNE, recounted 296,340 votes from ballots with inconsistencies in five provinces. CNE President Juan Pablo Pozo announced that the percentage of votes won by each candidate “remained identical” to the original official results. Despite this, Lasso and Ecuador’s right-wing opposition continues to protest Moreno’s legitimate victory.
“It is a copy of the ‘strategy’ of the Venezuelan right,” Correa said on Twitter on April 13.
Correa believes their behavior mimics that of the Venezuelan opposition, which also claimed in 2013 that President Nicolas Maduro’s election victory was a fraud. In the years following Maduro’s win, the Venezuelan opposition has tried to delegitimize the government and held violent street protests in an effort to portray a “divided country,” just as Correa commented.
Moreno is set to take office on May 24.