With 88.5% of the votes counted, Lenin Moreno, of the governing PAIS Alliance, had a ten point lead over his closest political rival, ex banker Guillermo Lasso, but one point short of the 40% needed to win in the first round of Ecuador''s Sunday presidential elections. The National Electoral Commission reported that Moreno was leading the vote count 39,11% by 28,31% Lasso, leader of the right wing Creating Opportunities Movement, while Cynthia Vireti, of the Social Christian Party, comes third with 16,32%.
According to the Electoral Law, for a hopeful to win in the first round he must get 50% of the vote, or a minimum of 40% with a ten point lead on top of the runner-up.
Mayor Kostas Peletidis with hundreds of antifascists. Photo: KKEA broad current of support for the communist Mayor of Patras, Kostas Peletidis, has developed in the recent period. He was brought to trial on Monday 13th of February, after a lawsuit was filed against him by a former MP of fascist Golden Dawn, with the accusation of misconduct, because he implemented the unanimous decision of the municipal council in 2015 and did not facilitate the activity of this criminal Nazi organization. In the end, the trial of Kostas Peletidis, the mayor of the 4th largest city in Greece, was postponed for the 23rd of February.
Gabriela Rivadeneira at the press conference in Quito. Photo: AndesGabriela Rivadeneira, the head of the Ecuadorean National Assembly, announced Wednesday that she was sent a lethal explosive device in the mail. »Today I received in my office an envelope addressed to me with a CD that turned out to be a medium-range explosive with lethal capability.« According to Rivadeneira, the first female head of the National Assembly and former member of Pachakutik, the device »fortunately did not explode« and is now being investigated by district attorney's office.
We reproduce a press release by the Information Bureau of the Communist Party of the Philippines:
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today called on the Filipino people to protest the police and military crackdown after at least 19 individuals, mostly activists as well as civilians, who were arrested in Metro Manila and other parts of the country in a span of just one week since the Duterte regime terminated peace talks and declared an »all-out war« against the revolutionary forces last February 7.
We condemn violence against demonstrators and demand those responsible be brought to account
This morning, Saturday 11 February 2017, thousands of our Iraqi people rallied in a peaceful demonstration in Tahrir (Liberation) Square in central Baghdad. Their statements, slogans and chants expressed their determination to continue their march on the path of reform and change and combating corruption. Demonstrators demanded the dissolution of the Electoral Commission and the formation of a new commission that is truly independent, away from the quota system, ensuring that the candidates for its board of trustees are characterized by integrity, credibility, professionalism and impartiality. They also called upon the parliament to legislate a fair and equitable election law that expands participation in decision-making, is non-exclusionary, does not impose the hegemony and domination of certain forces and blocs, and protects the voice of the voters and safeguards their will in choosing their representatives.
The World Federation of Trade Unions representing 92 million workers in the 5 continents supports the demands of the ground staff at Berlin airports.
The workers at Berlin airports demand through their yesterday’s strike salary increase. The ground staff of Berlin airports faces significant workload. During the 2016 the workload had increased by 11% caused by the proportional increase of the passengers using Berlin airports.
The World Federation of Trade Unions, on behalf of the 92 million workers in every continent, expresses its deep class solidarity with its affiliate NEHAWU from South Africa on the Occasion of its National Day of Action in the Social Development Sector on the 10th February 2017 in the fight for improved conditions of workers in general and specifically the Public Social Development Sector.