Creating Opportunities (Spanish: Creando Oportunidades, CREO; lit. 'I believe') is a centre-right political movement in Ecuador and participated in the 2013 and 2017 elections with Guillermo Lasso as their candidate for president.
|Headquarters||Av. Quito 2502 y Gomez Rendon, Guayaquil, Ecuador|
|Regional affiliation||Union of Latin American Parties|
|Seats in the National Assembly|
20 / 137
Generally considered a centre-right conservative outfit, CREO's candidate ran on a centrist platform: his economic development model was mainly market-oriented and favoring entrepreneurship, but also promised state support to micro-enterprises and upgrading of education.
Lasso promoted an independent judiciary and free speech (the opposition and civil rights organizations consider judicial autonomy and press freedom to be threatened under the administration of President Correa).
In the 2013 presidential election, Lasso was placed second with 22.7% of the votes, having been endorsed also by the Social Christian Party and the Madera de Guerrero movement of Guayaquil's mayor Jaime Nebot. In the simultaneous election for the National Assembly, the party won 11.4% of the votes and 11 out of 137 seats. Hence, it is the major opposition force in parliament.
In the 2014 local elections, CREO obtained 22 mayorships, including those of provincial capitals such as Azogues, Riobamba and Tena, besides the Loja prefecture. In that same year, CREO lead the creation of "Ecuador Compromise" (Compromiso Ecuador) formed by various opposition groups and guilds, including the Migrants Movement lead by Luis Felipe Tilleria, and supported by several political figures from across the Ecuadorian political spectrum. The context of its creation was a government-sponsored proyect for a series of constitutional amendments by the National Assembly, which led to the opposition collective to unsuccessfully ask for a referendum on the matter, with special focus on the amendment that would pave the way for elected incumbents to seek indefinite reelection. In September 2016, CREO was admitted as member of the Union of Latin American Parties, the regional subsidiary of the International Democrat Union.
For the 2017 general elections Lasso and his movement agreed with the SUMA party to form the "Alliance for Change" (Alianza por el Cambio) to run on an anti-Correa platform, along with several other smaller groups.
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- CNE habilitó Movimiento CREO
- Palacio, Gustavo (February 12, 2013), Ecuador: An Election Primer, Center for Strategic and International Studies, archived from the original on December 3, 2013
- Media related to Creando Oportunidades at Wikimedia Commons
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