Posted On 11 Sep 2017
The last bastion. A handful of former officials close to former President Rafael Correa and supporters of the ‘Correism,‘ coincidentally or not, found a space in the current government: the foreign service. Now, from far from the border, they work as ambassadors, consuls or secretaries in Ecuadorian diplomatic missions in several countries.
While appointing people who are not diplomats as ambassadors and consuls is not new, it is a contradiction for former ambassador Mauricio Gandara and former chancellor Marcelo Fernandez de Cordova that President Lenin Moreno appoints people close to Correa when he tries to detach himself from the previous government and its practices. They coincide that this disdains the air of change that the president tries to impress on the political agenda. “It is time for President Moreno to understand that one of the things he has to fix is the foreign service that has been so poorly treated,” replies Fernández de Córdova.
Examples include Stephania Baldeon, who has no diplomatic preparation and was named the second secretary of the Ecuadorian consulate in Los Angeles, US. She promoted the re-election of former President Rafael Correa. Hence, her reward. (I)