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Debate on impeachment of Ecuadorian president was inconclusive


Debate on impeachment of Ecuadorian president was inconclusive

Quito, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) For the second time a session of Ecuador's Parliament on a request to impeach President Guillermo Lasso was inconclusive, amid social protests that have been going on for 15 days.

The session was held virtually on Sunday afternoon and lasted more than seven hours with speeches by 71 legislators from all parties on the 14th day of a national strike that seeks answers from the government to 10 economic and social topics raised by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (CONAIE).

As on the first day, starting on Saturday, many MPs agreed that the president must respond to the demands of the protests of the indigenous movement and social sectors.

Those who spoke acknowledged the right to a peaceful social protest, but without violence and favored seeking the welfare and peace of the country, where demonstrations staged in the first 12 days were repelled by repressive actions of the police and the army and were widely condemned in the nation and in the world.

Others criticized problems resulting from the demonstration such as vandalism acts of infiltrated groups in the demonstrations and the shortage of food and other products.

After the speeches, President of Parliament, Virgilio Saquicela, summoned MPs again for Tuesday, taking into account that on Monday Minister of Interior, Patricio Carrillo, and Minister of National Defense, Luis Lara, will have to appear to brief on the actions of the police and the armed forces in the strike.

The petition to impeach Lasso was proposed by legislators of the alliance Unión por la Esperanza (Union for Hope, UNES), under the article 51 of the Organic Act of the Legislative Function and article 130, numeral 2 of the Constitution, which allows to assess impeachment in case of a serious social upheaval.


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