The Assembly of Ecuador has made the decision to resume the impeachment trial against former president Guillermo Lasso. This comes after Lasso’s efforts to avoid the trial by shortening his mandate and dissolving the Assembly last May. The new authorities of the Legislature, led by recently elected President Daniel Noboa, have introduced a new call for the Lasso prosecution process, with the plenary session of the Assembly planning to declare the debate open in two days.
The Citizen Revolution bloc, led by former President Rafael Correa, holds the majority in the Legislature and has been critical of Lasso’s government during his time in office. Lasso’s impeachment process, while taking place after his departure from the Presidency, is of a political nature and may not have consequences regarding the position he has already given up.
Former President Lasso, who transferred command to Noboa on November 23, left office stating that dissolving the Assembly was a correct political decision supported by over 70% of the population. The former assembly members, who were dismissed on May 17, held Lasso responsible for alleged corruption within the State and the government, involving appropriation of public funds through contracts of the public company Flota Petrolera Ecuatoriana with the Amazon Tanker company.
An examination by the Comptroller’s Office revealed that these contracts were detrimental to fiscal coffers, leading to the alleged corruption. To censure Lasso, 92 votes of the 137 members of the Assembly are required. Lasso has maintained that there is no evidence of alleged corruption, but the impeachment trial seeks to prevent him from holding office again in the future. (With information from AP)