Indigenous Leader Named Ecuador’s ambassador to Bolivia

Quito, Aug 5 (Prensa Latina) Ricardo Ulcuango, an indigenous leader of the Cochapamba community in the city of Cayambe, was appointed Ecuador’s ambassador to Bolivia, the Foreign Ministry said Friday.

Ulcuango highlighted the government’s decision to appoint him ambassador in La Paz, considering that the Constitution recognizes the Multinational State, and therefore it is important to involve all sectors of society, including indigenous and African descendants.

Ulcuango said that in his new role he will strengthen the integration between Ecuador and Bolivia, but also between different peoples and social sectors, and will continue streghten integration through UNASUR, ALBA and other governments.

Ulcuango has a distinguished career as a community leader in the country. He was deputy for the Movement Pachakutik, vice president of the Confederation of Indigenous Communities of Ecuador (CONAIE), chairman of the Confederation of Peoples of Kichwa Nationality (Ecuarunari), chairman of the committee of Indigenous Affairs and Other Ethnic Groups in the Congress and chaired the Indigenous Parliament of America, among other charges.

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