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On July 24, 2023, the President decreed a State of Emergency for 60 days in the provinces of Manabí, Los Ríos and Guayas (Durán), following the murder of the Mayor of Manta. 

The Constitutional Court should rule in the next few days on the relevance of the decree

Bellow, what you need to know:

  1. The State of Emergency applies in the following geographic areas:
  • Canton Durán of the Province of Guayas: Does not apply to the city of Guayaquil, the capital of the province, nor to other cantons.

In the Canton, there is a 55% increase in violent deaths compared to the same period of the previous year.

  • Province of Manabí: Including Manta, the capital of the province.

The province registers an increase in the number of homicides; so far this year, there have been more than 90% of cases compared to the total for 2022. Thirty percent (30%) of these cases are concentrated in the district of Manta.

  • Province of Los Ríos: An eminently agricultural province.

The province registers a significant increase in violent deaths.

  1. The State of Emergency will be in effect for 60 days, starting July 24, 2023.
  1. The State of Exception mainly implies:
  • Limitation to the right to assembly in public spaces;
  • Suspension of the inviolability of the domicile, therefore, the law enforcement may conduct searches without a judicial warrant;
  • Suspension of the inviolability of correspondence sent or received within the areas influenced by the Decree; and,
  • Curfew between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am (with certain exceptions, such as health services, among others).

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