Agence France-Presse reported last week from Quito, Ecuador:
Ecuador’s Congress voted overwhelmingly to lift presidential term limits from 2021, triggering violent demonstrations that saw police attacked with spears, clubs and home-made rockets.
Ecuador now joins fellow leftist-led Latin American nations Venezuela and Nicaragua in allowing multiple re-elections.
After nine hours of debate, and opposition protests in the streets of Quito and other cities, the legislature — dominated by supporters of President Rafael Correa — voted 100-8 in favor of the constitutional amendments.
While the legislature barred Correa from running for re-election in the 2017 national polls, he could become a candidate in 2021. The socialist leader has been in power since 2007.
Protests, sometimes violent, were held in the country’s main cities, including Guayaquil, Ecuador’s most populous city. […]
Outside Congress, a large crowd hurled stones, clubs and fired rockets at police, who took cover behind large shields.
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