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Ecuador faces energy crisis

Quito, Apr 17 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador faces a new energy crisis with blackouts that the president promised to stop this week.

Although Noboa dismissed Minister Andres Arrobo and stated that there would be no more cuts this week, the electricity companies already announced the schedule for this Wednesday. In addition, the president declared an emergency in the electricity sector, offered to assume the cost of 50 percent of the electricity bills of Ecuadorian homes, and stated that there was sabotage in generating plants, although he did not present evidence.

The new Minister of Energy and Mines, Roberto Luque, admitted on Tuesday that they do not have any easy short-term solutions to solve the power deficit.

Assemblymember Blasco Luna, from the Citizen Revolution, denounced that during the four months of the current administration, no pertinent actions have been taken to eradicate the energy crisis, even though Parliament approved the so-called No More Blackouts Law months ago.

For the investigator and analyst Jacobo García, Noboa’s problem is that in his need to be re-elected in such a short time – the presidential elections are in February 2025 – he is privileging management based on effect maneuvers over a planned and technical management, with short- and medium-term objectives.

“He is taking advantage of what works for him, sometimes bordering on a euphoria that deceives himself, and what better example than the power outages since he went from celebrating that we had already overcome them thanks to his management, to going all out calling sabotage,” the analyst said on his social networks.

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