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Ecuador’s president declares new state of emergency, deploys army in 7 provinces

Ecuadorian President Daniel Noboa has confirmed that he has begun the second phase of the war he declared earlier this year against organized crime gangs in Ecuador, with the promulgation of a new state of emergency that covers 7 of the 24 provinces.

The Argentine newspaper Infobay reported that under a new decree, Noboa declared a state of emergency for a period of 60 days in the coastal provinces of Guayas (its capital is Juayaquil), Santa Elena, Manabi, El Oro and Los Rios, as well as in the Amazon provinces of Sucumbios and Orellana, in addition to Canton and Camilo Ponce Enriquez, in the southern Andean province of Azuay, where the city’s mayor was recently assassinated.

This state of emergency replaces the previous one put in place on April 30 in five departments (Juayas, Santa Elena, Manabi, El Oro and Los Ríos) and which the Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional on May 10, considering that this measure had no not been correctly applied. established.

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“Today we find ourselves in the second phase of the war, a war that has become sectoral,” Noboa said in a video message published on social networks to announce the new state of exception, to which criminal gangs are confronted. from the military attack, took refuge and fortified themselves in seven provinces.

The Head of State stressed that these provinces are in dire need of armed forces and police to enjoy freedom of action.

The authorities announced this measure which allows, on the basis of a government decree, to deploy soldiers on the streets for a period of 60 days in seven of the country’s 24 provinces.

Ecuadorian President Daniel Noboa is launching a tough campaign against drug gangs that threaten state control and terrorize civilians. This campaign includes large-scale raids, confiscation of drugs and weapons and the arrest of gang members, but this war is not new. war, but rather a conflict rooted in Ecuadorian history.

The country’s geographic location, between Colombia and Peru, the two largest cocaine exporting countries, makes it a major corridor for drug trafficking and fuels gang struggles for control of this lucrative trade.

Last January, when José Adolfo Macias, the leader of the country’s most dangerous criminal gang, escaped from prison, the escape showed the weakness of Ecuador’s prison system and the control of the drug gangs on its wings.

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