Ecuadorian politicians clash over central bank independence

Central Bank of Ecuador

Ecuador’s central bank is the focus of a major dispute between the country’s government and the main opposition party, as presidential elections loom.

The Ecuadorian legislature has rejected a bill proposed by sitting president Lenin Moreno that would give the central bank an independent board and prevent elected officials from accessing its reserves, local media reports.

Moreno is not a candidate in the upcoming election, the second round of which, on April 11, will be contested between

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