Quito ( Associated Press) – Legislators of the opposition Union for Hope party belonging to former President Rafael Correa began the process on Friday to request the removal of President Guillermo Lasso, whom they accused of not being able to cope with Ecuador’s serious problems. Put it. going through.
47 Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Bench have given our signature to conduct the elections as enshrined in issue 2 of Article 130 of the Constitution. Our position at the disposal of the people”, exposed the group in a statement in which it clarified that the initiative is “not a coup.”
Lasso, a former right-wing banker, came to power on May 24, 2021 after defeating Corrismo’s candidate Andrés Aruz in the election in his third attempt, and is due to rule until May 2025.
At the same time, Leonidas Iza, the supreme leader of the indigenous peoples, who leads the strike against the 12-day government, said in front of hundreds of his followers that “a petition on behalf of those who want the President of the Republic, whose Don’t have the ability to solve problems… please resign.”
The legislators sent documents to the Speaker of the Assembly, Virgilio Saquisella, with the support of 46 legislators, fulfilling the first requirement. That bench is made up of 47 assembly members.
After that, the President will be notified and a session will be convened at least 24 hours before the legislators will know the removal of the President “in a single debate and exclusively”. The President shall exercise his right of defence.
The process requires at least 92 votes to achieve dismissal, which may be beyond the reach of the Union for Hope (UNES) as other large legislative blocs, such as the Social Christian Democratic Left Party and the Government Party have their own. BLOCK I BELIEVE, publicly expressed that they do not support this initiative.
The president has not ruled on the appeal.