The Ecuadorian Movement “Acuerdo Nacional” (MANA) today staged the symbolic expulsion from its ranks of former President Rafael Correa, and a group of hierarchs related to him, to “clean” them for their registration as a party.
In a press conference in which several leaders of this movement appeared, even without legal registration before the National Electoral Council, the Esmeralda militant Victor Villacís, said that it is a “symbolic act” with a view to its registration.
“We are looking for legal personality and the expulsion of these characters who did a lot of damage to Ecuador for 10 years, who persecuted, imprisoned, mistreated, kidnapped and murdered people, it is a symbolic and moral act that goes beyond the legal issue and legal, “he said.
In the press conference also appeared Vanesa Suárez, legal representative of MANA, and Victor Hugo Erazo, its founder.
Villacís recalled the court cases that are coming to light against Correa and his former advisors, and justified the decision to “expel them” in which today “we are building a different country, without hatred or resentment.”
MANA, a formation that has existed for years, was emerging in recent months as a refuge for correismo, given the difficulties that the followers of the former president are encountering to become a political party since they separated from Alianza País, after breaking with the current president Lenin Moreno.
Erazo acknowledged that they have been “in talks with groups of activists” of what was the Citizen Revolution, the ideological project with which Correa came to power in 2007 and governed until 2017.
“But we cannot allow Correa, who with his autocratic gestures wants to take over a political movement like 10 years of the entire Ecuadorian state,” he added, assuring that the decision taken is “the true directive and founders of MANA” .
“What we have just done is not a legal act because the party does not exist, but it is a moral act, an ethical act of repudiation of the ten years that Ecuador lived in dictatorship and autocracy,” Erazo told Efe.
He added that “we have always denounced that the government of Rafael Correa was a narco-government, as is being denounced by the current president of the Republic, but we have already done so since our party began.”
Even so, he invited the bases of what was the Citizen Revolution to join the movement, because “the bases are people and we are all people”.
Suárez, the legal representative, warned on her side against the manipulation of her party by “false representatives of the movement”.
At the hearing, former opposition leader Fernando Balda appeared, whose attempted kidnapping in Colombia in 2012 could lead Correa to prison if it is proven that he was involved in the arrest warrant, a case still in the trial phase.
“I have come to thank you for the consequence and solidarity that the MANA movement has not only had with Fernando Balda, but with the victims of Correismo. It is a position of solidarity, consistent with what is happening in Ecuador and I think that they will benefit as a movement, “he told Efe.
And he concluded that this symbolic act of expulsion shows that “Rafael Correa is staying alone.”
Former President Correa reacted to the expulsion decision on the social network Twitter, saying: “I am so important that I am” expelled “from a movement that still has no affiliates.” (I)
URGENTE: MANA, expulsó a Rafael Correa, por un acto ético y moral,… las bases de Revolución Ciudadana pueden venir, pero no los jerarcas, tiranos, autócratas,…lo hemos expulsado públicamente y que Correa no se sienta intocable…así lo anunció Victor Erazo… pic.twitter.com/9qbETi6nwz— ENRIQUE ALCIVAR (@enindefension) 8 de agosto de 2018