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Former president of Ecuador will be politically prosecuted

Quito, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) The National Assembly (Parliament) of Ecuador will resume the impeachment trial against former president Guillermo Lasso, accused of embezzlement.

The impeachment trial against Lasso halted last May after the former president decreed the “mutual death”, a mechanism which he used to dissolve the Legislature and call early elections, so the debate and vote that would take place five days later were left pending.

The judicial process will resume this Wednesday from that point on.

The assembly member of the Citizen Revolution movement (RC), Pierina Correa pointed out that the Plenary Assembly has to decide if the case is archived or if the vote continues. According to the legislator, on this occasion Lasso will not be able to be dismissed, but he can be censured.

Assembly member for RC Sofía Espín stated that the debate must be resumed with the intervention of legislators who want to participate, and then the vote will proceed. “We are the proponents and we are going to go for censorship,” she emphasized.

“It is great news for the country, Guillermo Lasso must be censured,” commented parliamentarian Pamela Aguirre, president of the Oversight Commission.

The decision to resume the impeachment trial against Lasso is taking place less than a week after the former ruler left power with over 85 percent rejection by Ecuadorians.

Last May, the Parliament began the impeachment trial against Lasso embezzlement after he became aware of alleged irregularities in a contract between the state-owned company Flota Petrolera Ecuatoriana and the company Amazonas Tanker, in which he failed to avoid further harm to the state.

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