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Ecuador Political Crisis Still Unresolved


Ecuador's deposed president is stranded in the Brazilian ambassador's residence as the new government considers whether to allow him to go into exile.

Several hundred Ecuadorean protesters gathered outside the residence, calling for President Lucio Gutierrez to be handed over to answer charges of abuse of power, corruption and the violent repression of protests that led to a congressional vote.

Brazilian authorities are negotiating with the new government and have an airplane ready to whisk the ousted president to asylum. Mr. Gutierrez took refuge in Brazil's embassy in Quito Wednesday after Ecuadorean lawmakers fired him following a week of violent protests.

Vice President Alfredo Palacio was sworn in to replace him and on Thursday named several new Cabinet members.

Mr. Gutierrez has been accused of cronyism, packing the Supreme Court, and implementing harsh economic measures at the behest of the International Monetary Fund.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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