Ecuador: Parliament debates impeachment procedure for head of state

At the request of deputies supporting former Socialist President Rafael Correa (2007-2017), the unicameral Parliament will meet in the evening. After the debates, the deputies will have 72 hours to vote. A majority of 92 votes out of 137 is required for the impeachment procedure to pass.

Even if the opposition is divided, it has a majority in Parliament. She accuses President Lasso of being responsible for the serious political crisis which has shaken the country since June 13, with daily demonstrations and street blockades.

In power for a year, President Lasso will be able to speak to the deputies, even if it has not been specified in what form, because having recently been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Nearly 14,000 indigenous protesters, including 10,000 in the capital [Quito,] are mobilized throughout the country to protest against the rising cost of living and demand in particular a drop in fuel prices, according to the police.

The violence left six people dead and dozens injured. Quito is largely paralyzed and its access blocked by numerous roadblocks.

The president talks about a coup

The president on Friday accused the head of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (Conaie, a powerful union and spearhead of the protests), Leonidas Iza, of wanting to overthrow his power.

The purpose of all this violence is to perpetrate a coup. »

A quote from Guillermo Lasso, President of Ecuador

He also attacked the union official, calling it criminal his actions. Iza no longer controls the situation. He no longer has any control over the protests and criminality his irresponsible actions have generatedaccused the president who recently received the support of the army.

The president of Ecuador, the conservative Guillermo Lasso.

Photo: Associated Press/Matilde Campodonico

The president’s accusations did not dampen the ardor of the indigenous demonstrators.

On Saturday morning, hundreds of indigenous women held a traditional ritual in northern Quito, before marching with anti-government slogans.

The basic food basket is very expensive and our agricultural products […] are worthlessexplained Miguel Taday, 39, a potato farmer in Chimborazo.

We will continue to fight here, until the last consequencessaid Wilmer Umajinga, 35, who has been protesting in the capital since Monday.

In Quito, residents are expressing their fatigue with closed stores and shortages of certain products. Counter-demonstrations were organized to cries of Iza, out!.

The first negotiations

Before the opening of parliamentary debates, a first attempt at dialogue took place on Saturday in Quito between indigenous demonstrators and the Ecuadorian government, on the thirteenth day of the protest movement against the high cost of living in the country.

A meeting attended by Leonidas Iza, leaders of other indigenous organizations and several government ministers, under the auspices of the Speaker of Parliament Virgilio Saquicela.

We asked for the opening of a dialoguedeclared to the press Mr. Saquicela, at the end of this mediation meeting, the first since the beginning of the demonstrations.

This dialogue has started, there has been no commitment whatsoever, but simply the decision of Conaie […] to consult its base to appoint a commission to initiate this dialogue. »

A quote from Virgilio Saquicela, Speaker of the Parliament of Ecuador

We hope that in the next few hours, a commission will be set up and that they will be able to sit down at the negotiating table. […] It’s a step forward, a starthe estimated.

The government has been open to dialogue, for which the Catholic Church, the UN and universities have offered to mediate, again according to Mr. Saquicela.

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