Rafael Correa was president of Ecuador for 10 years. He will also be a leading political figure in the South American region. Correa is actively involved in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and the Union of South American Nations.
Correa recently moved to Belgium, his wife’s homeland. His life after the presidency was marked by problems with the law. And it looks like it won’t be over soon.
He was found guilty by the Ecuadorian court
Correa was found guilty of corruption during his term in office during the trial. According to the Associated Press, the case was closed and the officers were dressed in protective suits for COWID-19.
According to the prosecution, Correa received millions of dollars in bribes from private companies for its political party. In return, the companies received favourable contracts from the Ecuadorian government. The companies in question are located both in Ecuador and abroad.
Correa had already been accused of involvement in the kidnapping of one of his political opponents. Later, he did not appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest. At that time Correa was already living in Belgium and Interpol decided not to intervene. The Ecuadorian authorities have tried in vain to extradite Correa from Belgium. An appeal is expected in relation to his recent conviction.
It should be noted that no further extradition attempts will be made until the appeal procedure has been completed.
Nearly 20 others have also been convicted of the same corruption scheme. According to the BBC, Correa’s second vice president, Jorge Glas, is already in prison. It was discovered that he had received more than 13 million dollars in bribes from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.
Correa’s dismissed the charges against him.
After his conviction, he was forbidden to hold political office in Ecuador for 25 years.
Correa has an economic background
Before going into politics, Correa worked and taught economics. Finally, under the leadership of President Sixto Duran Ballen, he was Minister of Education and Culture. Later he was for some time Minister of Economy and Finance under President Alfredo Palacio. Correa took over the chairmanship in 2006 and again in 2009 and 2013.
Since then, Correa has left a political party which he apparently crushed to find funding. The name of the party can be translated into English as Pride and Sovereign Homeland, which is often abbreviated to PAIS Alliance.
The current president of Ecuador and the party is the first vice-president of Correa, Lenin Moreno. But both Moreno and the PAIS alliance have adopted a much more central platform in recent years. It was an essential contrast to the left-wing socialism he promoted under Correa. He was going to set up a new political party. It is known as the Civil Revolutionary Movement (Movimiento Revolucion Ciudadana, or: Civil Revolutionary Movement).
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