ECUADOR: Milestone

After eleven months in office, Ecuador's dapper President Galo Plaza Lasso last week passed a political milestone: his regime survived its first noteworthy revolutionary plot. At Aguas Hediondas (literally: Stinking Waters), a sulphurous spa just outside Ecuador's southernmost city of Loja, army officers arrested Bolivar Galvez, a member of Quito's City Council and the president of the Quito Student Federation. In Loja itself, they picked up Lawyer Julio Moreno, director of Ecuador's opposition Liberal Party. Farther north in Cuenca, the country's third city, several army officers were taken into custody. All were charged with conspiracy to overthrow the government.


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