Ecuador’s Noboa declares new security state of emergency

By Thomson Reuters May 22, 2024 | 4:46 PM

QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuadorean President Daniel Noboa on Wednesday declared a new state of emergency in seven of the country’s 24 provinces, as well as one area of a further province, citing a rise in the number of violent deaths and other crimes in those jurisdictions.

The measure will be in force for 60 days, according to a decree signed by Noboa, who in January declared Ecuador was at war and designated 22 criminal gangs as terrorist groups.

(Reporting by Alexandra Valencia; Writing by Julia Symmes Cobb)