Nearly 2 Million Ecuadoreans Lifted out of Poverty in 6 Years

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Source:  TeleSUR
February 6, 2016

rafael correa feb 2015.jpgEcuadorean President Rafael Correa speaks to the gains made the reduction of poverty during his administration, Quito, Ecuador, Feb. 5, 2016. | Photo: Ecuadorean Presidency

Ecuador’s multidimensional poverty rate was reduced to 35 percent in December 2015 from 51.5 percent in December of 2009.

Ecuador’s National Institute of Statistics and Censuses reported Friday that the country’s multidimensional poverty rate dropped 16.5 percent between 2009 and 2015, translating into 1.9 million Ecuadoreans who no longer live in poverty.

“Socioeconomic poverty will be fundamentally solved through changes in the relations of power … through political processes,” said Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa.

Poverty reduction – a major objective of the government

The reduction of both urban and rural poverty has been one of the major objectives of the Correa government since his arrival to the presidency in 2007. The country is working to eliminate extreme poverty completely…

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