AFP: Ecuador counts cost of deadly protests after deal15 October 2019 | 01:06 | FOCUS News Agency
Moreno and indigenous leaders reached an agreement Sunday after the president pledged to withdraw subsidy cuts, known as Decree 883, that had more than doubled fuel prices.
The cuts were part of an austerity package to obtain a $4.2 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund to shore up the oil exporter's brittle economy.
Moreno said on Twitter that the original plan would be replaced by new measures that "contain mechanisms to focus resources on those who need them most."
Under the deal, indigenous umbrella group CONAIE called off protests that brought a week of chaos to the capital and forced Moreno to relocate his government hundreds of miles away to second city Quayaquil.
Thousands of indigenous people began leaving Quito early Monday in convoys of trucks, returning to communities in the Andes and the Amazon rainforest they left more than a week ago to vent their outrage at the increases.
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