Ecuador names fourth govt comms chief in a year

Enrique Proano has been appointed to replace Jose Toledo as government spokesman. He becomes the fourth to hold the post since the new government took office last April, following the congress-led ousting of former president Lucio Gutierrez.

A spokesman at the government comms office,or Secretaria
General de la Informacion, confirmed Proano's appointment.  Toledo's first and second predecessors were respectively Carlos Cortez and Andres Seminario.
Proano, previously communications director in Ecuador for Spanish-Argentine oil group Repsol-YPF, will lead a team of over 30 people coordinating communications from the seat of government in Quito, Ecuador's capital.  His task will be to see the government, mired in controversy, exit office on a positive notice in October, when Ecuador holds new presidential elections.

So far the job is a challenging one. Yesterday (February 22) Ecuador declared a state of emergency to quell rising unrest in the oil-rich Napo province where anti-government protesters shut two key oil pipelines, paralysing the country's breadwinning oil industry. The action is against government failure to meet pledges for necessary infrastructure investments to prop up the impoverished nation's economy.


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