QUITO – Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, who returned Saturday morning after living in Belgium for several months, warned that a counterrevolution is going on in his country, operated from within by the ruling Alianza Pais (AP) movement.
There’s a “counterrevolution going on right inside us,” Correa told a press conference at AP headquarters in Guayaquil, a party whose leadership he disputes with the current president and longtime colleague, Lenin Moreno.
The two have engaged in harsh verbal battles that began soon after Correa handed over the presidency last May 24 to Moreno, who was his vice president between 2007-2017.
Moreno has accused Correa of almost all the evils that his country is currently going through, particularly the economic hardships, something the former president denies and considers an attitude of disloyalty to the AP’s Citizens Revolution.
Correa did not hide the fact that the fracturing of the party had sparked his dispute with Moreno, but told his followers that this crisis could “produce opportunities.”
“Let’s get back to our (leftist) roots, back to the streets” to restore the movement, Correa said while describing Moreno’s six months in power as a regression only too clearly seen in the country’s “economic paralysis.”
He also criticized the AP wing of Moreno followers for trying to take over the movement, something he said he would not permit.
He compared the current situation with the traitorous acts that history has recorded of the early 20th century, when then-President Eloy Alfaro was assassinated in Quito by a mob of his former allies who had subsequently joined forces with the oligarchy.
According to Correa, in those days there was also “a complicity of the press” to justify the assassination, though he insisted that now such treason would be “crushed by the people.”
Correa told the press that he has returned to his homeland in order to take part in the upcoming Alianza Pais Convention, and if the base approves, the possible expulsion of Moreno and his followers from the AP will be analyzed.
He slammed Moreno for having allied with what he called “the worst” elements of national politics, a reference to the rightist Social Christian Party and the populist group headed by another former president, Abdala Bucaram.
Correa accused the latter of the scuffle in the early hours this Saturday upon his arrival at Guayaquil Airport, which forced him to leave the terminal via a side door without being noticed by the crowd.
Correa is expected to return to Belgium, the homeland of his wife Anne Malherbe, after taking part in the Alianza Pais Convention next Dec. 2 in the coastal city of Esmeraldas.