Ecuadoran president Rafael Correa announced on April 21 during his weekly radio program that he planned to expel World Bank representative Eduardo Somensatto from the country and would consider legal actions against the lending institution itself.
Porlamar, Venezuela, Apr 17 (Prensa Latina) President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez announced on Tuesday that the emerging Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) will have its headquarters in Quito, near the monument that marks the center of the world.
Ecuador sank into political crisis Tuesday in a power struggle over its president's reform program, as demonstrators hit the streets and dissenting opposition deputies fled abroad from charges of treason.
In a conflict dividing both the legislature and the judiciary, a prosecutor ordered the arrest of 24 deputies, nearly half of the 50 who the Constitutional Tribunal, the country's highest court, had ordered reinstated to Congress.
Outside the Congress, some 400 pro-government protestors rallied against the expelled legislators, with police firing tear gas in sporadic confrontations.
"The entire country is near war," said leftist party leader Gustavo Ramirez.