Like an abdicating monarch going into exile, Ecuador’s former president Rafael Correa (2007-2017) greeted a large gathering of supporters from a convertible car before delivering a valedictory address at the Mariscal Sucre international airport on the outskirts of Quito on 10 July, and boarding a flight to Belgium to devote time to his Belgian wife Anne Malherbe and his family after the stresses and strains of 10 years in office. Correa, who urged his followers to fight for his Citizens’ Revolution so that “the past against which we triumphed never again returns”, has engaged in scathing criticism of his successor President Lenín Moreno over the last week, on Twitter and in two television interviews, exposing serious divi- sions within the ruling left-wing Alianza País (AP).

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