The President of Ecuador will not attend the opening match of the World Cup

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The President of Ecuador will not attend the opening match of the World Cup

Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso announced on Wednesday that he would not attend the opening match of the World Cup in Qatarwhere Ecuador will face the Qatari team, due to the wave of violence that is hitting their country. “I thanked the Emir of Qatar for his invitation to attend the inaugural match between our two teams, however I decided not to attend. Taking care of the security of the country is my priority”wrote Guillermo Lasso on Twitter.

The opening match between Ecuador and Qatar will be played on November 20. Ecuadorian Vice-President Alfredo Borrero will represent his country there, an official source said. Ecuador is going through a serious security crisis linked to drug traffickers, perpetrators last week of several shootings and car bomb attacks against gas stations and police stations.

State of emergency in three provinces of the country

These criminal groups are acting in retaliation for the transfer of 2,400 detainees, while the prison system is on the verge of implosion due to violence between cartels within the prisons themselves. These attacks against the security forces, which left eight dead, forced the executive to declare a state of emergency in three of the country’s hardest hit provinces.

President Lasso has not completely forgotten football, however. On October 31, he received the coach and several players from the national team at the seat of government, to whom he wished ” A lot of success. »

The Ecuadorian national team, nicknamed the “Tricolor”, is preparing for the fourth participation in its history at the World Cup. By betting on a team of young players who managed to qualify for the planetary event by finishing fourth in the South American elimination phase. “The Tricolor” will face Iraq next Saturday for its last preparation match before the competition.

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