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SREBRNIK: Trouble in a South American country

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A Pacific coast country in South America which has seen its share of troubles over the decades continues to do so.

Ecuador, which has a population of 17 million, has a long history of political and economic instability.

There have been periods of democratic rule, but they did not last all that long. Its economy, also, is nothing to brag about.

President Lenin Moreno, elected in February 2017, recently announced a two-billion-dollar fiscal reform package that led to street protests and transport strikes. The reform measures are aimed at improving the country’s economic revenue.

On Oct. 3 he declared a 60-day state of emergency in response to the nationwide protests that followed in the streets of the capital, Quito, and Guayaquil, the country's largest city. After thousands of protesters stormed the parliament building in the capital a few days later, he moved government operations to........

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