Meanwhile, Arboleda said President Lucio Gutierrez has a decree ready that would declare the oil sector in a state of emergency, allowing the military to step in and permitting the government latitude to prevent the oil sector from becoming paralyzed.
Late last week the government named Pedro Espin the new president of Petroecuador in place of ousted president, Guillermo Rosero. The government on Friday also removed two Petroecuador board members, Victor Hugo Jijon and Alex Guzman, after removing Marcelo Roman from the board a day earlier. The departing officials had expressed opposition to a government plan seeking greater private sector participation in the industry.
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