Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa is contemplating running for an unprecedented fourth term in 2017, writes GIS guest expert and Andes specialist, Dr Catherine Conaghan of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Discontent is evident in the middle class and business community, exacerbated by Mr Correa’s new property and inheritance tax plans, which sparked street protests around the country. This does not bode well for democracy or the investment climate.

PRESIDENT Rafael Correa declared victory on the economic front in a recent address to Ecuador’s national assembly. As the price for the...

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Dr. Catherine Conaghan
No matter what the final fate of the tax proposals, Mr Correa will make good use of controversy to reinforce his image as a champion of the poor and depict opponents as uncaring, avaricious elites
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