The former legal secretary of the Presidency during the government of former President Rafael Correa, Alexis Mera, requested Chancellor Maria Fernanda Espinosa to withdraw his nomination as ambassador to the United States in Washington.
He did so through an email sent the afternoon of October 10, 2017, to Espinosa and her adviser. After leaving the position as legal secretary, he returned to his private professional life, as a lawyer in the Romero Menéndez law firm. This is the argument of Mera:
“Due to the time elapsed, I have assumed permanent professional commitments in my law firm that make it impossible, at present, to move to that country.” He continues: “for this reason, I request that this nomination is withdrawn, since I will not be able to accept it, not without first thanking for the said proposal.” (I)