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Local governments in Ecuador reject presidential veto to their funds

Quito, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) Decentralized Autonomous Governments (GAD) in Ecuador rejected President Daniel Noboa's veto to the law approved in the legislature that allowed the timely delivery of resources to the territories.

The GADs together with the Association of Ecuadorian Municipalities (AME) and the Consortium of Autonomous Provincial Governments of Ecuador (Congope), denounced that the decision affects the planning of works, the continuity of public services and the payment of remunerations to officials and suppliers.

Through a statement, the local authorities of the Andean country reiterated that they will continue searching for alternatives to guarantee the transfer of funds and ensure the development of the territories.

The Congope, an entity representing the 23 prefectures, regretted the total veto of a law aimed at the development of the territories with the agile allocation of resources, which are vital to generate works and services.

Also on Thursday, several political organizations repudiated the Executive’s measure.

The Citizens’ Revolution Movement (RC) pointed out that the Government’s debt with the GADs exceeds one billion dollars, which affects the population that most needs the services and projects of the local administrations.

Meanwhile, the Social Christian Party (PSC), a right-wing movement, rejected the President’s objection and asserted that the Government intends to “pay in devalued papers, and in dribs and drabs, the money that should be in cash and in full for parishes, cantons and provinces”.

The political organizations regretted that while the National Assembly approved the regulation to ensure the direct and timely allocation of resources to the Decentralized Autonomous Governments (GAD), the veto reflects the disinterest and lack of responsibility of the Executive.