What Happened: Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno temporarily returned to the capital Quito on Oct. 9 in hopes of resuming a dialogue process with protesters to ease ongoing unrest that has been gripping the country over the past week, France 24 reported Oct. 10.
Why It Matters: Despite ongoing unrest, Moreno is attempting to reach a compromise solution to placate the indigenous communities without jeopardizing his fuel subsidy reform, which is an important part of austerity measures to comply with a $4.2 billion agreement with the International Monetary Fund.
Background: Several South American countries, such as Argentina, Brazil and Colombia, have publicly supported Moreno and accused Venezuela of fueling political tensions in Ecuador.
- Ecuador: A Spasm of Unrest Threatens the Government (Oct. 8, 2019)
- Ecuador Takes a Business-Friendly Turn (July 2, 2018)