- Title: Ecuador's former president Correa travels to Belgium, criticizes successor
- Date: 11th July 2017
- Summary: ELDERLY WOMAN LEANING AGAINST GATE AND CRYING LITTLE GIRL CRYING (UNINTELLIGIBLE) GENERAL VIEW OF CROWD GATHERED FOR DEPARTURE CEREMONY VARIOUS OF CORREA STANDING IN CAR WAVING TO CROWD CORREA WALKING IN CROWD GENERAL VIEW OF CORREA SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FORMER ECUADOREAN PRESIDENT, RAFAEL CORREA, SAYING: "Do not tell me that it is a change of style, the claudications of handing over [meaning the problems that can arise in transition from one administration to another]. Here, principles must prevail - loyalty, consistency, excellence. Not mediocrity and disloyalty, the strategy of wanting to differentiate oneself from the previous government, giving reason to the opposition that against which we have fought for 10 years and we have defeated them again and again, comrades. We cannot call false units if Alianza Pais [ruling party] does not speak clearly at these junctures, does not denounce unacceptable pacts such as the delivery of public companies to Bucaram [referring to former president Abdala Bucaram who was ousted by Congress for corruption]. Better that Alianza Pais ceases to exist. Because we were born to fight that. The comprises, the handovers, the distribution of the homeland as booty among pirates. So you have to speak very clearly - if not, I will be the first to step down from Alianza Pais. I was not born for that." VARIOUS OF CORREA WAVING TO CROWD AND LEAVING SUPPORTERS HOLDING SIGN READING: "HAPPY TRIP DEAR CORREA" WOMEN CRYING
- Embargoed: 25th July 2017 00:18
- Keywords: Rafael Correa Lenin Moreno Belgium
- Location: QUITO, ECUADOR
- City: QUITO, ECUADOR
- Country: Ecuador
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0026P4ZJ9F
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- Story Text: Former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa departed Ecuador for Belgium on Monday (July 10), leaving with harsh words for his successor and former Vice President Lenin Moreno.
A large crowd gathered to see off Correa and his wife.
During a pre-departure speech, he criticized Moreno for talks he has had with political opponents and businessmen since he took office in May. Correa even threatened to leave his - and Moreno's - party, Alianza Pais.
Moreno has responded to Correa's criticism previously, underscoring disputes within Alianza Pais. Moreno served as Correa's Vice President from 2007 to 2013.
Belgium is the country of origin of Correa's wife. The couple will live there indefinitely.
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