2008 Ecuadorian constitutional referendum
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A constitutional referendum was held in Ecuador on 28 September 2008 to ratify or reject the constitution drafted by the Ecuadorian Constituent Assembly elected in 2007. The new constitution was approved by 69% of voters.
President Rafael Correa had initially stated he would resign if the constitution were rejected, but later stated he would finish his term. A poll from May 2008 saw 41% to 31% in favour of the constitution draft. Provisions include the right to healthcare, food, social security, and education as well as an emphasis on Latin American integration. The more controversial proposals include allowing a second four-year term for the president and legalising civil unions.
The EU sent an election observation team.
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- Ecuador Assembly Approves Constitution Archived 2008-06-05 at the Wayback Machine Prensa Latina
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- Ecuadorians Assess Vote on New Constitution Angus Reid Global Monitor]
- Ecuador's poor bank on referendum BBC News, 27 September 2008
- European Union sends Election Observation Mission to Ecuador Europa, 15 September 2008
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