From the Document: "Ecuador is a small, ethnically diverse country of 16.5 million inhabitants located in South America between Colombia and Peru. In April 2017, Lenín Moreno was elected president from the leftist 'Alianza Pais' (AP) party, succeeding President Rafael Correa (2007-2017), a populist leader of the same party. Correa, Ecuador's longest-serving president, was reelected three times, bringing some stability to Ecuador's tumultuous politics. Many thought Correa's 'Citizens' Revolution' would continue under President Moreno, who served as Correa's vice president for six years.President Moreno, however,quickly distanced himself from Correa in style and substance. In recent months, Moreno has adopted market-friendly policies, shown interest in closer relations with the United States,and rejected Venezuela's government under President Nícolas Maduro, which Correa had promoted as an ally."
CRS In Focus, IF11218
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