The Ecuadorean National Assembly has approved new “Leyes de Agua”, a revolutionary act forbidding any forms of water privatization, because of “its main importance for life, economy and environment…Its management will be exclusively public or comunitary”.
Miguel Carvajal, President of “Comisión de Soberanía Alimentaria”, says that through these new laws “the Constitution preemption order is respected: human consumption first, water for irrigation, and for last water for production of food sovereignty”.
The law was approved with 103 affirmative votes, 21 dissenting and 6 abstained.
However, native and leftist movements has criticized the new laws, saying that “they don’t comply with native communities’ needs”.
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