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27 April, 2007 - Published 12:24 GMT
World Bank representative expelled from Ecuador
The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, has ordered the representative of the World Bank in Quito, Eduardo Somensatto, to leave the country. He accuses the bank of suspending a big loan in 2005. This report from Will Grant:
The decision by president Rafael Correa to declare the representative of the World Bank in Ecuador 'persona non grata' had been coming. He had threatened to remove the World Bank and the IMF from the country in the past, most recently after his resounding victory in a referendum on rewriting the constitution.
The reason given for carrying out the move is that the bank has allegedly suspended part of a one-hundred-million dollar loan, approved two years ago. The World Bank says it is currently considering the implications of the demand and called for continued dialogue with the government.
But President Correa has shown he is determined to follow a radical programme of reforms to tackle poverty in Ecuador. He is currently engaged in a bitter political battle with more than fifty sacked members of congress - a number of whom have fled to neighbouring Colombia.
Will Grant, BBC
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