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Ecuador announces multi-question referendum: if approved this would limit mining and hydrocarbon activities and end indefinite re-election

03 October 2017

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On 2 October the Ecuadorian government released a list of seven questions to be included in a national referendum, after inviting citizens and lobby groups to participate in a public consultation on the content of the vote.

The final list includes proposals to expand the Yasuní National park and impose restrictions on the development of hydrocarbon projects within its limits, as well as a prohibition on all mining activity in protected or urban areas. In addition, the proposal suggests ending the indefinite re-election of all elected officials, and to ban permanently those convicted of corruption from holding public office.

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