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Energy crisis in Ecuador: the Government declared a state of exception to prevent attacks on infrastructure

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Energy crisis in Ecuador: the Government declared a state of exception to prevent attacks on infrastructure

Ecuador Declares State of Emergency Due to Energy Crisis

President Daniel Noboa of Ecuador has declared a new state of emergency for 60 days in response to a serious energy crisis gripping the country. Blackouts lasting up to eight hours have been reported due to an inability to meet national demand for electricity.

The decree issued by Noboa mobilizes the National Police and Armed Forces to safeguard critical energy infrastructure facilities from sabotage, terrorist attacks, or other threats that could disrupt operations.

The energy crisis has been exacerbated by the depletion of the Mazar reservoir, the country’s second-largest reservoir, leading to a shortfall in hydroelectric power generation. Additionally, Ecuador has been impacted by a cutoff in electricity supply from Colombia, which is also facing a drought.

As Ecuador grapples with this energy crisis, the country is also facing external challenges following the condemnation by the international community of the assault on the Mexican Embassy. This incident occurred during the campaign period for a referendum called by Noboa, overshadowing the issues being voted on in the plebiscite.

The detention of former vice president Jorge Glas and the subsequent invasion of the Mexican Embassy have strained Ecuador’s diplomatic relations with Mexico, Honduras, and Venezuela. Despite the legal disputes surrounding Glas’ detention, the energy crisis remains a pressing issue for the country.

Allegations of sabotage against the government have surfaced, with officials accused of withholding information and intentionally exacerbating the crisis. As Ecuadorians prepare to vote in the upcoming referendum, the government is seeking new tools to address organized crime and attract investment to address the ongoing challenges facing the country.

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(With information from AFP and EFE)

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