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Ecuador: The Azuay referendum question on mining is suspended

With just ten days to go before the vote, the government of Ecuador went into mini-celebration today when the referendum question on whether the Giron canton will allow mining was suspended by a court ruling. According to the ruling, the referendum cannot go ahead until the Constitutional Court (CC) hands down a decision. This contradicts the ruling that allowed the vote to happen, because it was precisely because the CC has failed to do so in over three years that opened the door for the addition of the popular consultancy question to the upcoming municipal elections being held on the same day, March 24th. The government of Ecuador and the mining companies want to trap the issue in some kind of legal limbo and pretend they wouldn’t have lost the vote by a massive margin in two Sundays’ time, which by sleight of hand they are apparently capable of doing. However, if you think this makes INV Metals’ (INV.to) Loma Larga project an inch more viable you need to read that certified dumbass Byron King and not this humble corner of cybersapace.

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