The Ecuadorian press, and especially the digital media La Posta, released this Sunday the audio of a telephone conversation between former president Rafael Correa and the member of the assembly elected by the Citizen Revolution (RC), Ferdinan Álvarez. The two spoke about the alleged relationship between Glas and the former official, and Correa was heard saying that he would not interfere in anyone’s private life and insisted that “the political project in which we are risking our lives will not be allowed to be damaged by it.”
After spreading the dialogue, the former president reacted on his social network account When I talked, as you can see, there were no reports of violence—far from it. What is clear is the bad faith of those who recorded the call that they themselves made. “It reveals his human quality.”
The other day, Glas, who was imprisoned for five years due to accusations of alleged corruption, released a statement in which he announced that he filed a case for extortion against Soledad Padilla, who was part of his team.
“Once again, yet another campaign of slander and defamation has been launched against me, so I am forced to face baseless accusations of which I am a victim with the sole purpose of tarnishing my reputation and honor,” he said in the text.
Glas is considered a symbol of “law” in Ecuador, where the persecution unleashed by the government of Lenín Moreno (2017-2021) against Correa’s followers has forced many of them into exile.
The former vice governor received the benefit of pre-release on November 28, after combining two prison sentences of six and eight years for the Odebrecht and Bribery cases, respectively.
This new scandal around the RC happened after the election in which the candidate of that organization, Luisa Gonzaléz, did not get the leadership of the Executive and amid controversies within the movement, including the resignation of its president until then, Marcela Aguiñaga.
Despite the defeat in the recent elections, experts consider the RC to be the most important political force in the country, and, in addition to nine prefectures and fifty mayor’s offices, it has the largest bench in the legislature.