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Ecuadorian government sends reforms to Assembly after referendum

Quito, May 14 (Prensa Latina) The president of Ecuador, Daniel Noboa, sent to the National Assembly, a package of reforms for the application of the results of the referendum of last April 21st.

The Communication Secretariat of the Presidency issued a statement, reporting that the document sent by the president answers the nine questions that had citizen acceptance on security issues and reforms to the Comprehensive Organic Penal Code (COIP).

Noboa’s proposals contemplate the increase of penalties for the crimes of terrorism, illicit production and trafficking of drugs, organized crime, murder, acting as or hiring hitmen, human trafficking, kidnapping for ransom, arms trafficking, money laundering, illicit activities of mining resources, full compliance with the sentences of people deprived of liberty within prisons, establishing the possession or carrying of weapons as a crime and their allocation to the National Police or Armed Forces along with explosives and other devices used in crimes.

Starting this Tuesday, the Legislature will have 60 days to debate and approve the legal reforms.

On May 8th, the National Electoral Council (CNE) proclaimed the final results of the popular consultation and referendum, which reflected citizen concern about insecurity, above any support for Noboa’s proposal.