Ecuador's former president Rafael Correa prepares to lead the campaign against the February referendum.
Ecuador’s popular former president Rafael Correa arrived in Guayaquil on Friday morning and was welcomed home by a crowd of cheering supporters.
Touching down at Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport Terminal just after midnight, he was quickly swarmed by the enthusiastic group that gathered. He was also met by fellow politicians, Duran mayor Alexandra Arce, assemblyman Bairon Valle, former governor of Guayas, Luis Monge.
Correa told the crowd he would continue to defend the country, denouncing the consultation as unconstitutional and criticizing the current administration for prohibiting Jorge Glas from performing his role as vice president.
“Do not be fooled, the consultation is to seize the Fatherland, to destroy the citizen’s revolution,” the former president said.
Correa is expected to participate in a commemorative event in the Febres Cordero neighborhood in Guayaquil before travelling to Portoviejo on Saturday.
Byway of the Citizens Revolution Movement, Correa's political platform outside of PAIS Alliance, the politician used Twitter to call supporters together to welcome its "historical leader in the first gathering for the 'No'" tonight at 11:30 PM in front of a well-known church, at the America's Avenue in Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city.