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Political trial against president of Ecuador enters decisive stage

Quito, May 8 (Prensa Latina) The political trial against the president of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, in the plenary session of the National Assembly is almost in its final stretch.

The head of Parliament, Virgilio Saquicela, called a session for tomorrow at 10:45 local time to discuss the report that the Oversight Commission did not approve, because it asked that the prosecution of Lasso, accused of embezzlement, be filed away.

In accordance with the internal regulations of the Assembly, in the cases in which the legislative tables do not reach an agreement, it is up to the plenary to decide. For that reason, all assembly members must determine whether or not to move forward with the procedure that could lead to the dismissal of the ruler.

In case of accepting the continuity of the procedure, soon there will be other sessions in which the prosecution and the defense, as well as the assembly members, will have the right to pronounce themselves.

Last Saturday, five legislators, of the nine that forms the Oversight Commission, spoke out against the report prepared by a team of advisors from the Assembly, which denies the existence of evidence to prosecute Lasso.

Legislator Comps Córdova, from the Unión por la Esperanza bench, proposed modifying the Assembly’s regulations and incorporating other recommendations, but the head of the Commission, Fernando Villavicencio, opposed putting that suggestion to a vote and immediately closed the session.

Even though the Commission did not approve the document, the process against the president will go on in the plenary session of the Assembly, which, if the process continues, will define the future of Lasso in the second half of May, that is, next week.


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