- Ecuadorean President Daniel Noboa wins a legislative victory by raising value added tax (VAT)
- Lawmakers were unable to decide whether or not to allow the VAT hike
- Noboa argues that the increase in VAT will help finance his security offensive against criminal gangs
- A majority of lawmakers initially voted against raising VAT to 15% from 12%
- Noboa presented a partial objection to push for a permanent increase to 13% and the ability to raise it to 15% when needed
- The legislation will proceed despite lawmakers’ inability to vote against Noboa’s objection
- Noboa aims to take an extra $1.1 billion per year with the VAT hike to strengthen security forces against organized crime.
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