The president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador, Leónidas Iza, will be a candidate for the presidency for Pachakutik, the political arm of the indigenous movement, which also decided that it will integrate its lists to the National Assembly (AN, Parliament) with leaders who have participated of the fights of 2019 and 2022.
Iza agreed to apply last night, at a Conaie meeting in which it was also decided that Guillermo Churuchumbi would be the national coordinator of Pachakutik.
The organization announced that it will make Iza’s candidacy official in a “massive event” in the province of Cotopaxi, reported the sites of El Comercio and Primicias.
The Conaie also resolved that the applicants to the AN must be new cadres, which “allow the resumption of the collective political project.”
The organization resolved that the lists must be made up of representatives of the organizations that have fought in the 2019 and 2022 uprisings.
The entity called to join the Council of Evangelical Indigenous Peoples and Organizations of Ecuador (Feine), the National Confederation of Peasant, Indigenous and Black Organizations (FENOCIN), Yasunidos – the group that promotes the consultation against oil exploitation in the Yasuni reserve -, unions and feminist and environmental organizations.
Iza’s candidacy shows the breakdown of the indigenous movement, because Yaku Pérez will also be a candidate in August, on behalf of an alliance of three forces: Somos Agua, Unidad Popular and Democracia Sí.
Pérez was a candidate in 2021 for Pachakutik and came out third.
Daniel Noboa Azín will also be a candidate – his father, tycoon Álvaro Noboa was candidate six times – and the Pueblo Igualdad Democrática party has already advanced its support.
The Jan Topic company will go on another ballot, with the support, in principle, of the Christian Social Party, and former vice president Otto Sonnenholzner is working on assembling a coalition that will take him as a candidate.
It is still unknown what the official Creo will do – formally President Guillermo Lasso can be a candidate – and the Correísta Union for Hope (Unes) could lead the economist Andrés Arauz or the journalist Carlos Rabascall.
Ecuador will vote for president to complete the term until 2025 because Lasso ordered by decree the so-called “cross death”, for which he dissolved the National Assembly (AN, Parliament) and called for elections.