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Macas has university degrees in anthropology, linguistics and jurisprudence. He was one of the founders of the CONAIE and of the Pachakutik Movement, and was member of the Ecuadorian parliament. In 2003 he joined Lucio Gutiérrez's government as Minister of Agriculture, quit because of disagreements with his neoliberal policies.
Macas has been president of the CONAIE (Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas de Ecuador) from 1990 to 1996 and since 2004.
On May 24 2006 Macas was proclaimed by the Pachakutik Movement as presidential candidate for the October 15, 2006 election. He came in seventh (out of 13 candidates), with just over 2 percent of the vote.