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Ecuadorian president Correa sworn in second term
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Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on Monday was sworn in for his second four-year term in a ceremony held in the Ecuadorian National Assembly.

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa (2nd L, front) attends a indigenous ritual for his re-inauguration in La Chimba, Ecuador, Aug. 9, 2009. Correa, who was reelected for a second-term in April this year, will take office on Aug. 10. [Xinhua]

Some 10 out of the 12 presidents from the Union of South American Nations attended the ceremony. Peruvian President Alan Garcia did not attend due to a failure in his plane and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe did not attend since both countries severed ties in March 2008.

During the ceremony, Correa promised to strength his "citizen revolution" and added that it is "irreversible and nothing neither nobody will stop it."

Correa said that the citizens revolution is the one where the people are the "ones giving orders, the owners of our countries, the owners of our democracies."

Correa also said that he will not give up on achieving a new country despite the stereotypes that the power groups want to establish.

Correa promised to fight for a country with equity, equality on opportunities, without racism, free of illiteracy, a country with roads to transport equity and not regrets.

"Precisely to achieve those goals, it is necessary to reach the political power to transform it into the people's power, the only one able to change the structures of disgrace still prevalent in our region," Correa added.

Correa said that before his first administration none of the last three presidents finished their term, because they were overthrown by the people, for betraying the people's demands.

"In then years we have had seven presidents, we were accused of being ungovernable, we were just being betrayed," Correa said.

Correa added that "on April 26, Ecuador voted by itself. Thanks God, they stolen us everything, expect the hope ... Ecuador is celebrating because the homeland is reviving from the merchandise chaos."

Correa won the presidential elections on April 26, this year, becoming the first Ecuadorian president being reelected in 30 years.

(Xinhua News Agency August 11, 2009)

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