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Ecuador’s President desperate as impeachment trial approaches

Ecuador’s President desperate as impeachment trial approaches

Quito, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) The president of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, showed himself desperate today at the doorstep of the impeachment trial that could put an end to his mandate in the South American country.

The Andean ruler announced that he would make public a list of legislators with alleged links to drug trafficking organizations and that he would provide information on each assembly member to Ecuadorians so that “they know the list of their misdeeds”, he revealed.

In response to Lasso, the National Assembly (parliament) described his statements as a desperate attempt to respond to Ecuador’s political crisis.

Several assembly members consider this would be a threat before the impeachment trial against him.

The legislators assured that this is not the first time that the president makes this type of announcement. The last time -they detailed- he accused five parliamentarians of requesting charges against him and then asked the Prosecutor’s Office to file this process.

Likewise, the legislator of Izquierda Democratica, Johana Moreira, warned there is no need for more confrontations or a president who tries to threaten to avoid a possible censure and impeachment, but one who ‘does things as they should be done’, she said.

The future of President Lasso, who announced that he will come to defend himself before Parliament, is today in hands of that legislative body, which must process the impeachment request approved the day before by the Constitutional Court.

Then, the highest body of control and administration of constitutional justice must notify the opinion to the President of the Assembly who, within a maximum term of three days, will inform the Legislative Administration Council (CAL) of the decision, and from there the process will pass to the Auditing Commission which must decide whether or not to recommend the procedure within a term of 30 days.

Once the report is ready, the head of the legislature will convene the plenary to carry out the impeachment, where the president has the right to defense and to approve his dismissal must have the vote of 92 assembly members out of a total of 137.


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