Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Lasso makes surprise trip to US and leaves Ecuador without president or parliament for five days

The extraordinary situation Ecuador is experiencing after Guillermo Lasso was sentenced to “cross death” and the parliament dissolved, has left the president in political limbo after announcing that he would like to visit the United States to undergo an operation. are traveling. During the five days of the visit, the Andean country will be without a first president on its territory and also without the National Assembly, which has already been dissolved.

The constitution establishes that the president must announce his foreign visits to the parliament, so on this occasion he sent his statement to the Constitutional Court (CC), the same one that rejected the unconstitutionality requests made by the opposition against the “cross death”. Gave. The CC’s response confirms the extraordinaryness of the situation in Ecuador: “This judiciary does not have its powers to wake up to the wisdom of the aforesaid decision,” answered Vicente Lozada, president of the CC.

Lasso has cited “personal issues” for his absence from the country, for which he will pay for the trip to Houston out of his own pocket. The President is suffering from melanoma on his right eyelid, for which he was undergoing treatment in the US last year. The displacement begins this Wednesday and runs until Sunday between two parochial appointments: the rendering of accounts to the country scheduled for Wednesday and the transfer to Brasilia in response to the call made by Lula da Silva to the presidents of the region, in the framework of the transfer. Union of South American Nations (Unasur).

A final decision is also expected these days regarding their participation in the general elections of Lasso which are due to start in August, although the National Electoral Council (CNE) negotiates with the parties at the last minute to give them a month’s notice due to the logistical difficulties of the election. may be delayed. Presidential bicameral and 137 representatives of the National Assembly.

The country is completely calm after the government introduced the constitutional mechanism of “cross death” last week. For the time being, beyond the race against time for parties to choose their candidates, there are also big electoral hopes.

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