Jaime Hurtado was the Popular Democratic Movement (MPD) candidate for President in the 80’s and 90’s. The Marxist–Leninist Communist Party of Ecuador (PCMLE) was recognized by the Party of Labor of Albania as a fraternal party and Hurtado and others visited the country during the socialist period. He was assassinated during the 1999 election. It is alleged government agents were involved.
Hurtado is still upheld as a revolutionary figure in Ecuador today. The PCMLE and MPD are currently among the largest Marxist-Leninist organizations in the world. Unlike the revisionist parties in Ecuador, the MPD and PCMLE are firmly against the social-democratic Correa government and its pseudo-leftist rhetoric.