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Brussels, 29 September 2008

Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner on the constitutional referendum in Ecuador

Benita Ferrero-Waldner, European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, said:  “I should like to congratulate Ecuador and all Ecuadoreans for the serenity and seriousness of yesterday's referendum. I believe that it is vital now that the whole country be united to pave together the path for Ecuador."

The Commissioner added "I would also like to express my gratitude to all observers in the country, especially to the EU Election Observation Mission led by José Ribeiro e Castro. They have contributed to the climate of transparency and public confidence which marked yesterday´s historic poll. ”

 On Sunday 28th September 2008, the citizens of Ecuador voted to approve or reject a new Constitution for the country. It is worth highlighting not only the decision to put this issue of capital importance to a popular vote, but also the fact that Ecuadorean voters exercised their democratic rights with responsibility and in a peaceful way.

The text for a new Constitution was prepared by a Constituent Assembly elected by Ecuadorean voters in September 2007. Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner decided to deploy an EU Election Observation Mission for those elections as well as for yesterday´s referendum. The EU, recognising the historical importance of these events for Ecuador, is committed to accompanying the country in this process.

For additional information, see also:

The EU's relations with Ecuador:

EU Election Assistance & Observation:

The official EU EOM website :

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