Parts of a law that provoked a police rebellion earlier this week will be rewritten, said a senior minister in the Ecuadorean government.
Policy Minister Doris Soliz also told Reuters news agency President Rafael Correa (photo, from aljazeera.net), who had reportedly suggested he could rule by decree in order to push through his austerity measures, would not now dissolve Congress.
According to the president, Thursday’s unrest amounted to a coup attempt.
Ecuador’s constitution allows president Correa to disband Congress and rule by decree until new elections are held.
Doris Soliz said the president had considered that option after members of his Country Alliance had threatened to block his proposals to shrink the country’s bureaucracy.
However Ms Soliz said on Saturday that that measure was now “not part of the immediate scenario”.
President Correa, 47, took office in 2007 and won a second term in 2009.
The protests were the most serious challenge for him.
The disturbances started on Thursday, when angry police fired tear gas at President Correa as he confronted them at an army barracks.
He was taken to a nearby hospital in order to be treated for the effects of the tear gas, but was trapped there for more than 12 hours, because the protesters surrounded the building.
Under cover of darkness, he was released by members of the special forces.
On Saturday, President Correa said the people who had staged the rebellion would be rounded up and punished.
Speaking on state television, he said the protest had been “a political trap”. “These crazy people were politically manipulated. They wanted to kill me,” he added.
Three police colonels are under investigation for negligence, rebellion and attempted assassination.
Prosecutor Gonzalo Marco Freire said the three “should have known what their subordinates were doing.”
Arrested on Friday, they have been released since, though they have been told not to leave the country.
Ecuador has a history riddled with violent political upheaval : three of Correa’s predecessors from 1996 to 2006, including Gutierrez, were ousted before completing their terms.