She was threatened with death for supporting President Lenin Moreno and the referendum that would eliminate indefinite re-election. There is no room for fanaticism, she says and demands the purge of Alianza PAIS (AP) to remove those who abuse their power. Elizabeth Cabezas, a egislatorL and director of the Pichincha District of AP, spoke with this newspaper about the removal of Moreno from his party, the trial of Jorge Glas (which will be analyzed tomorrow by the AP legislative bloc behind closed doors), the referendum, and other issues.
Excerpt of the interview to Legislator Elizabeth Cabezas
Q: What are Gabriela Rivadeneira and Ricardo Patiño pursuing with the dismissal of Lenin Moreno as president of AP?
A: There are groups interested in dividing AP. It is a suicidal action. But the majority of the movement supports President Moreno. It is unacceptable and absurd the fact that he does not count on the support of his own bloc. It is also necessary to verify if the meeting of the National Directorate, which expelled him, complied with all the legislation to make that decision.
Q: Are you in favor of expelling the heads of the “coup d’état” against the President?
A: The AP Ethics Commission must realize a depuration and must pronounce clearly on those militants and leaders who disrespected the Organic Regulation and assumed functions. I believe that it is necessary to remove those who make inappropriate use of their representations and those who took advantage of and betrayed the trust of Ecuadorians.
Q: Why did these leaders betray the Ecuadorian people?
A: The Ecuadorians gave us their vote to work for them and fight against corruption. But they abused and misused public funds and there are many cases of corruption. The citizens expect an exemplary sanction for them. And the ethical revolution, which we have proclaimed so much, has to become a reality.
Q: The “devotion” of certain AP leaders to former President Correa is due to the fact that they went from anonymity to the public spotlight, they got high salaries and changed their social status. What do you think?
A: You have to be realistic and objective. You said it clearly. There is a country and we are not playing in a closed room. Everything AP does has serious political significance and creates consequences. That is something we can not ignore. (I)