MADRID, Oct. 14 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The president of Ecuador, Lenín Moreno, has advanced on Monday that in the “next hours” he will repeal decree 883 on the elimination of fuel subsidies, in accordance with the agreement reached on Sunday with the indigenous people to end the wave of protests against this measure and thus settle the political crisis.
“In the next few hours I will repeal decree 883,” Moreno said in his official Twitter account, stating that “a new decree will be issued to ensure that resources reach those who really need them.” “We have made a choice for peace,” he stressed.
The president has taken the opportunity to urge Ecuadorians to regain normalcy. “It is time to continue building the future from the classroom, the office, the home, the daily work. Let's walk together, overcoming differences, to be an example of unity,” he asked.
Moreno had already been willing to “revise” decree 883, while the United Nations and the Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference, which act as mediators, confirmed that the agreement negotiated on Sunday by the Government and the indigenous “voids” the measure to agree another one that maintains the “subsidy policy”.
The protests began on October 1, when Moreno unveiled the “bundle” of economic adjustments agreed with the IMF in exchange for an injection of 4.2 billion dollars. These days, at least seven people have died and over a thousand have been arrested.
Moreno has directly accused his predecessor in office and former ally, Rafael Correa, as well as his partners, including Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, of orchestrating the protests to overthrow his government in a “coup d'etat”, something that both have denied.