The estrangement between the president Lenin Moreno and vice president Jorge Glas was evident yesterday. Faced with this situation, constitutionalists agree that the unique way for Jorge Glas to leave his post is the voluntary resignation. Eduardo Franco Loor, a professor at Universidad Catolica, explained that the Vice President could not be dismissed because he was elected by the citizens through a referendum. If he was an appointed official, as the case of the ministers, he could be removed.
If the Vice President of the does not resign, there is the alternative of opening another political trial, said Franco Loor. Section 129 of the Constitution corroborates it: “The Legislature may proceed to the political prosecution of the Vice President of the Republic, at the request of at least one-third of its members, in the following cases.” Among the cases that motivate this procedure are: For crimes against the security of the State, as well as crimes of concussion, bribery, embezzlement or illicit enrichment. (I)