One more day. The announced restructuring of the National Assembly is still pending. The legislative caucuses try, without success, to reform the commissions. A challenge that was interrupted yesterday by the lack of votes and the legal actions of the relegated.
There are interests of all kinds and only a common goal. Although they do not admit it, at least not before the microphones, the slogan is to reduce the power spaces of the assembly members close to former President Rafael Correa, the self-styled members of the Citizen Revolution group.
It is not a personal slogan, say the legislators under reservation, but a sanction to all the irregularities that almost daily uncover the previous government.
The displaced did not stay with their arms crossed. Gabriela Rivadeneira (Correísta) warned that her colleagues filed a request for precautionary measures to prevent yesterday’s session from taking place. They claim that the changes are illegal.
The measurement worked. The legal action and the lack of support forced the president, Elizabeth Cabezas, to suspend the session scheduled for 5:00 PM yesterday.
Why is there no support? Three groups believe that the action is against the law and do not want to be part. Obviously, the ‘revolutionaries’ (former Alliance PAIS) are opposed to the reform. There are also members of the Social Christian Party (PSC) and its allies (Time of Change, Guerrero Wood and the Social Conservative movement) and the SUMA movement. They advanced that they will not support the “distribution” because they also consider it “illegal and inconvenient”.
Guillermo Celi, leader of SUMA, explained that he will not vote for the proposal of total change in the heads of the Legislative. That subtracts about 52 votes to the aspirations of Cabezas.
Neither SUMA nor the PSC, consistent with the rejection, will accept presidencies or vice-presidencies in the restructuring. Nor are they willing to have a new position in the Legislative Administrative Council (CAL). The entity would also rearm.
The CAL setting
Verónica Arias, Viviana Bonilla and Soledad Buendía were the most likely names to leave the Legislative Administration Council (CAL). Even the name of Carlos Bergmann sounded to be removed.
María José Carrión, Julio César Quiñónez, René Yandún and Raúl Tello belong to different groups and all are potential new members of CAL. Carrión, for example, would be the replacement of the correísta Soledad Buendía.
The fixed ones
Luis Fernando Torres and Patricio Donoso will remain in the CAL. Elizabeth Cabezas is the only one who has her position insured. The rest continues depending on the agreements and the number of votes obtained.
Yunda does not support the modification
PAIS Assemblyman Jorge Yunda announced that he will not support the restructuring promoted by his political movement, because he believes it goes against the Constitution.
Speaking after the suspension of yesterday’s session, the assemblyman said that there are at least four PAIS legislators who agree with him and will not vote in favor either. He did not give the names. (I)