Posted On 06 Mar 2017
Corruption took the first round. And it promises to repeat it in the second, fueled by the public concern that, according to the polls, puts the issue at the top of the list of priorities, only behind unemployment.
Citizen interest in corruption has been driven by a wave of bigger cases. These have been established on the agenda in the run-up to the government of Rafael Correa, always by an effort outside the control authorities: the foreign and national press, the US, Brazilian or private arbitration courts or the direct disclosure of those who paid the bribes.
Except for the Petroecuador case, in which the majority of those involved are fugitives from justice, none of the other cases has a formal accusation, nor a final judgment.
In fact, the Public Ministry has not even started a formal investigation to point out those responsible.
Others, such as the Odebrecht case, includes a road in circles outside the national boundaries that, more than two months after the accusation, has not been able to sit on the bench any direct person involved to answer key questions in the process.