The president of Ecuador, the conservative Guillermo Lasso, has been saved this Tuesday from being dismissed by the National Assembly, as a motion to remove him from power, promoted by the opposition parliamentary group of Union for Hope (Unes), related to the Former President Rafael Correa.
The initiative to remove Lasso has fallen just 12 votes short of achieving its goal, since it required the favorable vote of two-thirds of parliament, equivalent to 92 of the 137 assembly members. However, the result of the final vote was 80 votes in favor against 48 against and 9 abstentions.
The motion was presented by Unes assemblyman Fernando Cedeño under the cause of "serious political crisis and internal commotion" in the context of protests against the Government due to the cost of living, led by the indigenous and peasant movement, which have already left six dead. , of them a soldier, and around 400 wounded.
The maximum leader of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie), Leonidas Iza, had already requested this Tuesday before the vote that the Ecuadorian Government return to the dialogue table to find solutions to the demands and the social mobilization that is going on. their sixteenth consecutive day of protests.
Iza regretted that President Lasso decided to break off the dialogue with the indigenous movement, despite the fact that progress had been made in a first meeting. With Lasso's refusal to talk with Iza, in the face of the attack on a convoy of fuel trucks in which a soldier died, the dialogue process sponsored by other powers of the State and the Catholic Church is "at this time at a standstill ", although there are guarantees that it can be resumed, added the indigenous leader.
"We leave extended all the conditions and guarantees so that this dialogue process has an end" and that allows "finding the answers that most Ecuadorians want," said Iza, whose organization is the main promoter of the protests.