President Rafael Correa is poised to score a victory in a referendum that will decide the fate of 10 proposals he says will modernize Ecuador but which critics have slammed as an attempt by the president to strengthen his power and restrict judicial independence. The country’s population will vote May 7 on whether to endorse or reject the proposals, Reuters says.

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    Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.