Ecuador. In January, President Sixto Durán Ballén
declared the country in a state of mobilization and summoned
troops to secure law and order in the face of the threat of
actions by electricians against the privatization of parts
of the state electricity industry. A transport workers'
strike in the capital Quito in March spread to other sectors
before it was relieved, after the government agreed to
compensate workers for wages lost when buses were taken out
of service for service.
Countryaah.com, Abdalá Bucaram Ortiz of the Ecuadorian Roldosista Party
(Partido Roldosista Ecuatoriano, PRE) was elected president
with 54.5% of the vote in the crucial second round in July.
Bucaram was a former Olympic hurdler. He has distinguished
himself for spectacular and unconventional performances and
proudly bears the nickname "Madman". At the same time,
Ecuador got its first female vice president, Rosalia
Arteaga. In the elections to the country's House of
Representatives, the right-wing Socialist Christian Party
(Partido Social Cristiano, PSC) conquered 27 seats, PRE 19
and the center-left Party Democracy (Democracia Popular, DP)
12. The formerly dominant Socialist Democratic Left
(Izquierda Democrática, ID) received only four mandates.