Ecuadorians must go to the polls on August 20 to elect their president and 137 deputies in the first elections after the dissolution of the Congress National Electoral Council (CNE) this Wednesday.
A week later, right-wing President Guillermo Lasso dissolved the unicameral National Assembly using legal power, which is contemplated in the first elections to complete the current four-year term, which expires in May 2025.
The prince decided on the solution due to the “serious political crisis and internal movement” in the middle of the political trial, which was subject to the opposition of several lawmakers who accused him of embezzlement.
In a session held on Tuesday night and which lasted until dawn, the CNE approved the elections to be held on August 20.
If necessary, the course of the following hour on October 15 is reported to the last body of the election.
The presentation of the documents to the members of the meeting on October 26 is ahead, according to a schedule released to the press of the CNE, which will call for elections through radio and television on Wednesday to observe the law.
The National Assembly has the power to appoint a president and vice president.
Legislators must therefore “convene themselves immediately” to take office, the head of the CNE, Diana Atamaint, told Ecuavisa channel on Wednesday.
For the elections of mayors and governors last February, 13.4 million of 18.2 million Ecuadorians were summoned.
The humble faith of the National Assembly
This May 24, Lasso, 67, will announce his annual work. Traditionally, it has been done in the hemicycle of the National Assembly, but this time it will be in the Southern Government Platform, in which the involved ministries of the social sector are working.
Then the leader will travel to the United States for medical intervention. His return will come next Sunday.
Despite the suspicions associated with drug trafficking, Ecuador remains calm after the dissolution of the Legislature, which traditionally has a high level of citizen distrust.
Institutional confidence in the dissolution of the National Assembly was 2% according to the private polling firm Perfiles de Opinión.
Magna Carta in force since 2008 allows re-election only once.
Lasso, a former conservative banker who is in opposition to the congress controlled by leftist parties and whose credibility has fallen to 10% in two years, will be able to run again without being re-elected, according to electoral authorities.
In the absence of Congress, the president can rule by issuing urgent economic laws, with the prior favorable opinion of the Constitutional Court (CC).
Social and indigenous organizations have warned that they have been warned by the decree laws on economic matters passed by the executive, which they accuse of maintaining neoliberal policies that affect the cost of living.
On Tuesday, the president passed a law on various legislative reforms to create new free zones in depressions and borders.
Lasso also passed a 200-year series of tax reforms to expand deductibles to calculate income tax.