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Ecuadorian President imposes a state of emergency

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Ecuador’s president, Lenin Moreno, has declared a state of emergency. He posted a statement on Twitter. The decision was made due to mass protests caused by economic measures of the government.

“In order to protect order, peace and security of citizens and control those who are trying to wreak havoc, I declared a state of emergency at the state level,” the head of state said on Thursday, October 3.

On October 1, it became known that the government of Ecuador plans to leave the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in January 2020. The corresponding message was published by the Ministry of Energy and Non-Renewable Resources of the country.

The decision was made to solve internal problems with the stability of the country’s budget.

According to Telesur , on the same day, Lenin Moreno announced the abolition of subsidies for gasoline and a number of other economic measures aimed at observing the conditions of loans provided by the International Monetary Fund.

The decision of the authorities to cut fuel privileges in the domestic market provoked mass protests and riots.

According to Western media, during the protests, police detained about two dozen people.

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