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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Following an announcement by the Ecuadorian government that it intends to cut the universities' budget by around US$100 million (R$500 million), opposition is growing despite the coronavirus crisis.

Rectors of the 32 affected universities have now turned to the government demanding that the planned measures be revoked.

The government around President Lenín Moreno justifies the plans with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Public spending has been increasingly reduced in recent years, partly as a result of pressure from creditors such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and private investors. Now, following . . .

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