Reuters, Quito – According to Reuters, the government of Ecuador extended on Tuesday the State of Exception for 3 more days.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Presidency announced that “The period of this renovation of the State of Exception is until October 8th”, announced the statement. The announcement comes after the Presidency labeled the manifestations of some members of the police as “shameful acts of force” by the police against members of the National Assembly.
Earlier on Tuesday morning, the Assembly cancelled their session due to lack of security and the need checking the members of the Legislative Escort.
The State of Exception means the suspension of certain fundamental rights for the population, such as freedom of transit or meeting. In extreme cases, under this State, the President could disolve the Legislative power of the country as well. The Ecuadorian Constitution allows the President to move the seat of government to any other National territory, have prior censorship of information media and to establish security zones in the country. In addition, the president has the power to use the Armed Forces and the National Police as well as order the closing or enable the use of air and sea ports and border crossings.