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Ecuador: Parliament debates impeachment proceedings against the president

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Published on: 06/26/2022 – 06:57 Ecuadorian deputies began on Saturday to debate the possible impeachment of President Guillermo Lasso, who ended the same evening the state of emergency declared a week ago in an attempt to contain indigenous protests against the cost of living. Ecuador is heading for a de-escalation after 13 days of anger. At the request of deputies supporting former Socialist President Rafael Correa (2007-2017), Parliament began to meet on Saturday June 25 and virtually on the possible dismissal of President Guillermo Lasso.”135 (des 137) members of the Assembly” are taking part in this session, Parliament said on its Twitter account. They discuss Lasso’s impeachment due to a “serious political crisis and internal unrest” in the country. The opposition, in the majority but divided within the Assembly, blames the president for the “serious political crisis” which has shaken the country since June 13, with daily demonstrations and street blockades. In power for a year, the latter will be able to speak to the deputies, even if it has not been specified in what form, the head of state having recently been diagnosed with Covid-19. 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. “We asked for the opening of a dialogue”Saturday evening, President Lasso ended the state of emergency declared eight days ago in six of the 24 provinces of the country, the most affected by the demonstrations, according to a new executive order issued by the president’s office. This curfew included the mobilization of the army and a seven-hour night curfew for three provinces, including Pichincha, whose capital is Quito. Nearly 14,000 indigenous demonstrators are mobilized throughout the country to protest against the rising of the cost of living and demand in particular a drop in fuel prices, according to the police, who estimate their number at nearly 10,000 in the capital. These debates open the same day of a first attempt at dialogue between leaders of the indigenous movement and several government ministers, under the auspices of the President of Parliament Virgilio Saquicela.”We asked for the opening of a dialogue. (…) This dialogue has started, there has not been any commitment, but simply the decision of Conaie (organization spearhead of the demonstrations) to consult its base to appoint a commission to start this dialogue”, explained Virgilio Saquicela to the press, judging that “the government has shown open”.Six mor ts during the demonstrationsOn Friday, President Lasso, who recently received the support of the army, accused the demonstrators of wanting to “perpetrate a coup”. The violence left six people dead and dozens injured. Quito is largely paralyzed and its access blocked by numerous roadblocks. The demonstrators tried twice, Thursday and Friday, to enter the National Assembly compound, from where they were repelled by the security forces. On Saturday morning, hundreds of indigenous women organized a traditional ritual in the north of Quito, before marching with anti-government slogans. “The basic food basket is very expensive and our agricultural products (…) are worth nothing,” said Miguel Taday, 39, a potato producer in Chimborazo (south). their weariness with closed stores and shortages of certain products. Counter-demonstrations were organized with cries of “Iza (leader of the demonstrators), out!”. With AFP

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