Ecuadorian President Recognizes 201 Years Of Independence In Guayaquil

October 9th is one of the most important dates in the history of Ecuador. On that date, in 1820, a group of patriots led by the Guayaquil poet José Joaquín de Olmedo and José de Villamil stood up against the Spanish crown’s rule in the city of Guayaquil and put an end to it.

Yesterday, the President of Ecuador Guillermo Lasso delivered a speech recognizing the 201 years of independence that Guayaquil has had since then.

Lasso emphasized positive aspects in the country thanks to his successful vaccination plan. In Ecuador, we are currently defeating the pandemic, and strive to achieve herd immunization before the end of the year. It is true that President Lasso carried out his ambitious plan to vaccinate 9 million Ecuadorians in his first hundred days in office; however, the political capital behind the successful vaccination plan is running out. Therefore, changes are urgently needed to allow for the economy to be reactivated, which Ecuador sorely needs.

Lasso said that employment is recovering in Ecuador, and that his government has created more than 200,000 suitable jobs. However, there are still many Ecuadorians who remain jobless. President Lasso’s figure is still very far from the number of jobs the country requires to regain stability and prosperity.

The President also referred to the terrible crisis in Ecuador’s prisons, where a wave of immeasurable violence has been unleased. This violence is a reflection of Ecuador’s lack of comprehensive public policies for social rehabilitation, which leaves prisoners unable to reform and rejoin society. After the massacres which we have seen, it is clear that the measures taken to address the problem so far have been insufficient. In short, Ecuador’s prison system is a time bomb which urgently needs to be defused. The situation is extremely complex and will undoubtedly be one of the strongest challenges for the current administration in the upcoming months.

On the other hand, Lasso mentioned that it is essential to put aside hatred, personal resentment, and political revenge for the benefit of Ecuador. I also consider it appropriate to draw attention to the work which the assembly members have completed for the country.

Finally, Lasso highlighted his desire to continue working for a prosperous country where all Ecuador’s citizens can live well. To achieve this, I highlight our need for a country without inequalities and with opportunities for every Ecuadorian.

Desirée Viteri Almeida
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