Carlos Valverde writes in El Deber:
Strong, solid, autonomous and decentralized
I will agree on the idea of the vice president about the regions/departments prefering a ‘strong’ and ‘solid’ State; I think, actually, that’s the aspiration of any citizen who sees that the homeland is the victim of roads, mines take overs, parks occupation, destruction of rivers, extreme poverty, excessive dependence on natural resources. The above are the expression of a ‘weak’ state, as opposed to the ‘strong’ state recognized by the vice president as the aspirations of the citizen.
On the other hand, a ‘solid’ State would have already solved the problems of corruption in government, the Indigenous Fund, Chinese barges, PAPELBOL, influence peddling in the awarding of Chinese construction companies and now Ecuadorian, in detriment of national businesses; the never clarified doubts and water projects under the projects My Water and Evo Fulfills, the alleged overpricing in liquid separation plants of Rio Grande and petrochemical of Bulo Bulo, drug trafficking, lack of transparency in reporting drug smuggling, the manipulation of the judicial system in the so-called ‘terrorism case’, the concealment of the prosecutors and others that were involved in it. These are signs of a State that is anything but solid (say ‘gassy’ in any case).
As I will not coincide with the ‘vice,’ it is in his idea that the government lost the referendum of the impossed statutes because its citizens prefer a ‘centralist’ system, as this is a biased and no coherent vision; quite the contrary, we are dealing with an authority that has not understood the message of the polls and try to escape forward. I think it is clear that they may not want a centralized state who in the referendum voted in December 2009 to over 75% for the Yes option when they were required about whether to accept autonomy for their departments. To vote NO in the referendum of September 20 is precisely the confirmation of this will, it is to say no to centralization; it is to want an autonomous autonomy, not directed, not impossed Statutes; It considers the challenge is to discuss, develop and approve their own regional autonomous standards. I think it is not difficult to understand.