Yesterday, President Rafael Correa, met his first day of his last term 2013-2017, in Guayaquil, where he gave the country his traditional report and carried out a popular inauguration, as he did last night in Quito, which closed the office program.
In the morning, the President conducted his citizen broadcast before hundreds of people at the Samanes square, north of Guayaquil. He said that the site was the country’s largest park and when completed will be one of the largest in Latin America.
He recounted the ceremony at the National Assembly and popular inauguration at the Bicentennial Park (Quito’s former airport), before thousands of guests, who witnessed an artistic performance by main Ecuadorian singers and musicians, and also presented the symphony orchestras of Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca and Loja.
He reiterated his opposition to gay marriage, because the Constitution states that marriage is between man and woman and ratified the government’s stance of not allowing more invasions in the suburban areas of the city.
At night, in the Simon Bolivar Cultural Centre on the Malecon 2000, it was carried out his second popular investiture, before thousands of guests who were able to celebrate with artistic performances and a concert by Alberto Cortez. In the end, the president, along with Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño and Vice President Jorge Glas, closed the event singing “Patria, tierra sagrada” (Homeland, sacred land) on stage.