Ecuador’s Surprising Transition
Since taking office eight months ago, Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno has surprised allies and opponents alike. He has distanced himself from Rafael Correa—his predecessor who was often accused of authoritarian leanings—and supported the prosecution and jailing of his own vice president, Jorge Glas, on Odebrecht-related corruption charges. And on Sunday, February 4th, Moreno succeeded in reinstating term limits with a referendum approved by almost 65 percent of voters, effectively locking Correa out of office forever. In part, this speaks to the president’s political capital: Moreno is the most popular head of state in Latin America. But what is less clear is what happens next? Can Moreno leverage his popularity into a politically viable economic agenda and a set of meaningful institutional reforms?
The Inter-American Dialogue is pleased to welcome César Montufar for an open conversation about where Ecuador is today and where it may be headed. An academic, former member of congress, and one of Ecuador’s most respected and best-informed analysts, Montufar was the primary accuser in the recent trial against Vice President Jorge Glas.