QUITO, May 8 (Reuters) – President Rafael Correa vowed a
shake-up of Ecuador’s courts after a referendum seemed to
strengthen his grip on the OPEC member nation while heightening
foes’ fears of autocratic rule.
Ballots being counted into Sunday showed the leftist leader
ahead on all 10 reforms he put to Ecuadoreans in a referendum
that is seen as an early indicator of Correa’s prospects in a
possible 2013 re-election bid in the Andean country.
QUITO (Reuters) – The brother and opponent of Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa appealed for a tolerant attitude rather than a hard line against political foes after the government’s apparent comfortable victory in a referendum.
Correa already has been cast as an autocrat by opponents after four years as president but Saturday’s vote looked set to endorse 10 reforms giving the executive greater control over the judiciary and media.
QUITO, May 7 (Reuters) – Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa
hailed victory on Saturday after two polls showed him winning a
referendum on judicial and media reforms that opponents say are
a power grab undermining the Andean nation’s democracy.
“The Ecuadorean people have triumphed,” said Correa,
claiming an average 62 percent “Yes” vote on the 10 proposals.
QUITO (Reuters) – Two private polls showed Ecuador’s leftist leader, Rafael Correa, comfortably on track to win Saturday’s referendum on judicial and media reforms that opponents say are a power-grab threatening democracy.
If confirmed, the result would strengthen the already popular Correa’s standing in the South American OPEC member and put him in a strong position for a re-election bid in 2013.
QUITO, May 7 (Reuters) – Ecuadoreans voted on Saturday on a
reform package likely to give their flamboyant leftist
President Rafael Correa more power over courts and his media
critics in the Andean OPEC-member nation.
Big spending on schools, roads and hospitals have
underpinned Correa’s popularity among the poor and lower-middle
classes, but rivals accuse him of having an authoritarian
streak and using public votes to amass power.
QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuadoreans were to vote on Saturday over a reform package President Rafael Correa’s rivals say would give the leftist leader too much power over courts and media critics in the South American OPEC member nation.
Big spending on schools, roads and hospitals have underpinned Correa’s popularity among the poor and lower middle classes, but rivals accuse him of having an authoritarian streak and using public votes to amass power.
QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuador’s popular President Rafael Correa is expected to win a referendum next week that his opponents — including his brother — say will extend his control over the judiciary and restrict the media.
A victory would reinforce Correa’s lead over his often hapless rivals who are expected to run for president in 2013 elections in the Andean nation of 14 million people.
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina’s largest real estate company, IRSA, is considering selling global bonds this year to finance expansion plans at home and abroad, Chairman Eduardo Elsztain said on Friday.
Last year, IRSA (IRS.BA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)(IRS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) became one of the first Argentine companies to sell foreign debt since a massive 2002 sovereign debt default, which battered private companies’ credit ratings and sent lending rates soaring.
BUENOS AIRES, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Argentine trade unions
representing workers at key grain ports have called off plans
for further protests after reaching a wage agreement with
export companies, a union leader said on Wednesday.
Trade unions and grains exporters met for last-ditch wage
talks to try to avert a new strike after workers last month
blocked ports in one of the world’s top food suppliers.
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters Life!) – Forget potted plants and privet hedges; a group of Buenos Aires artists want to make the Argentine capital a free-for-all kitchen garden, turning neglected parks and verges into verdant vegetable patches.
Following in the footsteps of “guerrilla gardeners” who have been scattering flower seeds in vacant lots and roadsides in cities such as London and New York since the 1970s, the Articultores group is taking the concept a step further.