Ecuador's Correa Returns To Support 'NO' In Referendum

“These people want to end with the division of power, they want to end democracy," stated the ex-president.

Rafael Correa, the former president of Ecuador, announced in a radio interview, that he would return to the country next Thursday, to support the campaign against next month's referendum.

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The plebiscite was proposed by Lenín Moreno, the current president of Ecuador, in order to “strengthen democracy”, and will take place on Feb. 4.

In the interview, Correa stated that he would support the “NO” against three specific points of the seven included in the referendum:

2.- Election of new members of the Civic Participation Council.

3.- Invalidating the amendment that allows indefinite re-election of elected positions.

6.- Restriction of mineral mining.

“These people want to end the division of power, they want to end democracy, go back 20 years and then take the next 20 years for themselves," stated the ex-president, “they may have control of the media, millions of dollars and the government, but we have millions of arms, millions of hearts and millions of minds”.

This is the second time the ex-president is visiting Ecuador after his term ended. Between last November and December, Correa spent ten days in the country, attending several events including a ruling party PAIS Alliance convention. He stated that his visit and the organization against the Moreno faction within the PAIS Alliance was virtually ignored by the media.

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Tsipras: Greferendum Outcome Means Greek Government Cannot Be Toppled

The outcome of the Greek referendum shows that the country's government stands strong and will not be toppled, Greek Foreign Ministry’s Secretary General for International Economic Relations and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ brother, Giorgos Tsipras, told Sputnik on Tuesday.

ATHENS (Sputnik), Anna Liatsu – The Sunday's referendum in Greece will help the ongoing negotiations between Athens and the EU as Greeks had supported the country's government's stance, Giorgos Tsipras said.

"I think after the Greek referendum it will be much easier for the issue to be settled between Greece and the European Union institutions. First of all, because models are now simplified, there is no worry that the Greek government can be toppled, or anything else like this," Tsipras said.

According to Tsipras, Athens is unlikely to turn to other creditors, and finding a solution to the current crisis is the only probable outcome.

"I think the only probable scenario is for these negotiations to conclude. The main reason why they did not conclude until now was not economic, but mainly political. Maybe there were thoughts about another Greek government, different from the Syriza government. I think these thoughts are now defeated after the referendum."

Greeks Created Democracy, Now They Strive to Revive It – French MediaParthenon, Athens

Greece’s last-ditch attempts to reach an agreement with its international creditors may yield a long-awaited deal before July 20, Giorgos Tsipras told Sputnik.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is currently in Brussels for the Eurogroup's meeting on the Greek crisis. The meeting was followed by an emergency summit of the Eurozone leaders.

Asked when the new deal should be expected, Giorgos Tsipras, responded, "before July 20."

"It is of course the matter of the creditors and the other European Union institutions. I think this or the other way… it has to be concluded," Tsipras told Sputnik.

Germany in Isolation: EU Increasingly Supports Greece’s Debt HaircutGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel

European officials continue to stress that Athens should remain being member the Eurozone despite defaulting on a $1.7-million loan to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and a 61.3-percent "No" referendum vote rejecting creditor demands.

One last-minute option available to Greece is a loan within the European Stability Mechanism, which Finnish Finance Minister Alexander Stubb said he expected Tsipras to request "in a few hours."

French President Francois Hollande, while echoing other European key figures’ calls on Greece to commit to reforms, said it was time for Europe to show solidarity with Athens and issue immediate aid.

 
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Spanish Court Suspends Catalonia Referendum

“The Constitution is based on the indissoluble unity of the Spanish nation,” said Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday of the Catalan region's call for an independence. “Any attempt to dissolve it is radically contrary to the Constitution.”
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