Political trial against President Lasso begins in Ecuador

QUITO, 16 May. The political trial of Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso begins today at a plenary session of the National Assembly (Parliament), where the president will go to defend himself against allegations of embezzlement, reports Prensa Latina.

The hearing, scheduled for 10:00 am (local time), will begin with a presentation of the prosecution’s arguments, and the two interrogating deputies will have two hours to present evidence discovered during the process.

It will be caucus members Viviana Velos of the Bench of the Union of Hope (UNES) and Esteban Torres of the Social Christian Party (PSC) who will expose the signs of the ruler’s political responsibility.

According to the prosecution, Lasso committed the embezzlement upon learning of alleged breaches in a contract between state-owned Flota Petrolera Ecuatoriana (Flopec) and Amazonas Tanker, and even so, he took no action to prevent further damage to the state. .

The President of Ecuador will then have three hours to present his defense case.

Both parties will have the right to respond within one hour, explained Assembly President Virgilio Sakisela.

After his participation, Lasso must leave the plenary to start a debate among legislators.

This moment can stretch over several days, as the 137 members of the congregation have the right to speak for 10 minutes each.

After the discussion is over, another meeting will be convened in a few days to finally decide, based on the charges and the evidence of the defense, whether to approve the removal of the president or not.

Last Tuesday, 88 deputies voted in favor of impeachment, just four votes short of the 92 needed to remove the chief executive from office.

If sufficient numbers are reached for censorship, Vice President Alfredo Borrero should take office for the remainder of the current period, i.e. until 2025.

While the government maintains that the president is innocent, the trial is taking place amid popular opposition to Lasso, with more than 80 percent disapproving of his leadership, according to polls.

Public organizations are calling on the public to demonstrate Tuesday before the Assembly to demand that lawmakers approve the trial and Lasso’s dismissal.

For his part, the legal secretary of the presidency, Juan Pablo Ortiz, confirmed that the decree is ready to use the so-called death on the cross if the ruler decides to use this constitutional tool to dissolve the Legislative Assembly and call early elections.

Source: Juventud Rebelde


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