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Ecuador’s Correa slams inequity of officers clubs

July 26, 2013

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The privileges and perks enjoyed by officers in Ecuador’s armed forces could be in danger.

President Rafael Correa called Thursday for officers to be stripped of separate dining facilities and meals. In a speech marking Navy Day, he called such practices anachronistic, hateful vestiges of inequality.

The populist leftist leader also criticized “exclusive” clubs for military officers paid for with taxpayer dollars.

While clubs and recreational facilities for officers are better appointed in Ecuador than those for enlisted personnel, service people do pay fees to help maintain them.

Correa also called for a serious study of Ecuador’s voluntary military service, which he called inefficient. He did not explicitly call for a draft.

Correa took office in 2007 and was overwhelmingly re-elected in February to a third term.

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