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Creating Opportunities
Creando Oportunidades (CREO)
Abbreviation CREO
President Esteban Bernal
Founder Guillermo Lasso
Founded 20 August 2012; 11 years ago (2012-08-20)
Headquarters Av. Quito 2502 y Gomez Rendon, Guayaquil, Ecuador
Membership 184,299 (2016)
Ideology
Political position Centre-right
Regional affiliation Union of Latin American Parties
Seats in the National Assembly
0 / 137
Prefects
0 / 23
Mayors
24 / 221
Website
creo.com.ec

Creating Opportunities (Spanish: Creando Oportunidades, CREO; the acronym means lit. I believe, and also means lit. I create) is a centre-right political party in Ecuador. In the 2021 general election, its leader, Guillermo Lasso was elected for president.

Ideology

Generally considered a centre-right conservative outfit, CREO's candidate in the 2021 presidential elections ran on a more centrist platform: his economic development model was mainly market-oriented and favoring entrepreneurship, but also promised state support to micro-enterprises and upgrading of education. With liberal conservatism and classical liberalism being the party's two main ideologies.

Lasso promoted an independent judiciary and free speech (the opposition and civil rights organizations consider judicial autonomy and press freedom to be threatened under the administration of President Rafael Correa).

History

In the 2013 presidential election, Lasso was placed second with 22.7% of the votes, having been endorsed also by the Social Christian Party and the Madera de Guerrero movement of Guayaquil's mayor Jaime Nebot. In the simultaneous election for the National Assembly, the party won 11.4% of the votes and 11 out of 137 seats. Hence, it is the major opposition force in parliament.

In the 2014 local elections, CREO obtained 22 mayorships, including those of provincial capitals such as Azogues, Riobamba and Tena, besides the Loja prefecture. In that same year, CREO lead the creation of "Ecuador Compromise" (Compromiso Ecuador) formed by various opposition groups and guilds, including the Migrants Movement led by Luis Felipe Tilleria, and supported by several political figures from across the Ecuadorian political spectrum. The context of its creation was a government-sponsored project for a series of constitutional amendments by the National Assembly, which led to the opposition collective to unsuccessfully ask for a referendum on the matter, with special focus on the amendment that would pave the way for elected incumbents to seek indefinite reelection. In September 2016, CREO was admitted as member of the Union of Latin American Parties, the regional subsidiary of the International Democrat Union.

For the 2017 general elections Lasso and his movement agreed with the SUMA party to form the "Alliance for Change" (Alianza por el Cambio) to run on an anti-Correa platform, along with several other smaller groups.

Lasso ran as a candidate again in the 2021 general election. In the first round, Lasso was slightly behind indigenous rights activist Yaku Pérez Guartambel, but eventually garnered enough votes to secure a narrow second-place finish. Lasso would face socialist and Rafael Correa ally Andrés Arauz. He defeated Arauz in the April run-off election, with many news outlets noting the conservative shift among the Ecuadorian electorate. Lasso's victory was also seen as a win for free-market advocates in the country. President-elect Lasso finished second in the 2013 and 2017 presidential elections. On 24 May 2021, Guillermo Lasso was sworn in as the new President of Ecuador, becoming the country's first right-wing leader in 14 years.

Election Results

Presidential Elections

Year Candidates First Round Place Second Round Place
President Vice President Votes % Votes %
2013 Guillermo Lasso Juan Carlos Solines 1,951,102 23% 2nd
2017 Guillermo Lasso Andrés Páez [es] 2,652,403 28% 2nd 4,833,389 49% 2nd
2021 Guillermo Lasso Alfredo Borrero Vega 1,830,172 20% 2nd 4,656,426 52% 1st

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Movimiento CREO para niños

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