QUITO- The Citizens’ Revolution, a political project that in the words of its leader, president Rafael Correa, has transformed Ecuador into a leading nation, has completed nine years in power.

QUITO- The Citizens’ Revolution, a political project that in the words of its leader, president Rafael Correa, has transformed Ecuador into a leading nation, has completed nine years in power.Correa, an economist by profession, was first wrapped in the presidential sash on January 15, 2007, having won 57% of the votes in the second round of elections, defeating the magnate Álvaro Noboa.

In his first presidential address to the people on the day of his inauguration, the founder of the Alianza PAIS movement promised that he would install a new style of government under his leadership in a country ravaged by neo-liberal policies, corruption and social and economic inequalities.

His speech that day in Parliament signaled that the Citizen’s Revolution that he would endeavor to lead in Ecuador, would bring “radical, profound and rapid change to the perverse political, economic and social system that has destroyed our democracy, our economy and our society”.

The process commenced with the installation of a Constituent Assembly that had a new Carta Magna drafted within a year and the policies implemented granted the poor access to health care, education and employment, unlike anything previously experienced in Ecuador.

Sustained economic growth with a gross domestic product in excess of 46 billion dollars, thousands of kilometers of modern roads, dozens of new schools and hospitals, and giant projects such as the eight hydroelectric plants almost ready to come on stream, are palpable examples of the winds of change that have been blowing in Ecuador since 2007.

The balance is most favorable. In an article published in the El Telégrafo newspaper on the occasion of nine years of the Citizen’s Revolution, analyst Leonardo Vicuña states that preparatory works in all areas of national interest on behalf of the population and the homeland have proved beneficial to both.

On the international front, Ecuador has ceased to be the Andean country renowned for coup d’etats, neoliberal austerity measures and banking crises and now plays a leading role in the promotion of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, the Union of South American Nations and the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America’s integrationist processes.

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