What Ecuador’s Embassy Drama Means for Noboa

By Sebastián Hurtado

The raid on the Mexican embassy in Quito to seize a convicted former vice president hurts the president’s international prospects, but might help him domestically.

QUITO—It may not be a major player on the global stage, but Ecuador is no stranger to major controversies involving diplomatic asylum and embassy raids. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange spent an extended period claiming asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London until he was forcibly removed by UK and Ecuadorian authorities in 2019. For seven years, this case placed Ecuador at the heart of a complex web of international disputes, challenging the norms of political asylum and the tensions between sovereignty and international law. Now, the country finds itself once more embroiled in an...

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