The Minister of Labor of Ecuador, Raul Ledesma, offered a press conference on Monday afternoon, where he answered the consultations that the Internal Revenue Service (SRI for its acronym in Spanish) made about the reincorporation of María Alejandra Vicuña to the entity. Licenses granted when she was Minister and Vice President were illegal.
Ledesma said that the unpaid leave granted by the SRI to Vicuña, when he was an assembly member, the permit issued was correct and correct.
As for granting a license to a public servant when he fulfills a position of minister of state, Ledesma explained that it can be done for a period of maximum 6 years only as a surrogate or in charge. But in the case of Vicuña, its definitive designation as state minister of housing implicitly involves a loss of public service career, therefore any other legal status or license without remuneration is unjustified.
The minister also explained that it was not legal to grant a license without remuneration when Vicuña was definitively appointed as vice president of Ecuador.
“The appointment to fixed term as vice president of the republic implies implicit loss of the career in public service by express mandate of the Organic Law of Public Service,” said Ledesma.
The minister assured that the granting of leave without remuneration is the direct responsibility of the unit of human talent of each entity.
Ledesma explained that an immediate dismissal could be given in the current position held by Vicuña in the SRI, as there could also be the possibility for the woman to present exculpatory evidence.
The SRI will be the one to act in this case, with respect to the administrative summaries or removal actions, said the minister. (I)