President Lenin Moreno ruled out last night that after the referendum there is an economic “package”. “There will not be (paquetazo) and I said it from the first moment,” he said.
During an interview given from Carondelet, the president said that the council of transient civic participation, to win the referendum, will not be composed of his friends or supporters, but by people of prestige and who are willing to serve the country. “I have no interest in controlling it,” he said. For this, he said he will ask citizens to propose names to be part of the Participation Council.
The president said that the popular consultation is not his, but of all the people who attended the dialogue. Asked about the major surgery he promised in the fight against corruption, he said, it is given with the independence of functions and not tied to power.
“The Comptroller’s Office is beginning to operate independently. At the moment we have many jailed officials and a fugitive Comptroller, “he said in the interview that lasted 75 minutes, although initially it was announced that it would be 90.
He also affirmed that there is an agreement with the United Nations to supervise and monitor what was done with five major oil contracts: Esmeraldas Refinery, Pacific Refinery, Monteverde, Pascuales-Cuenca Poliducto and the negotiation of oil sales.
During the interview he said that there is stability and that he does not care about the epithets or qualifiers of former President Rafael Correa. The qualifiers only denote the internal shortcomings, he said.
He defended the appointment of his vice president. “María Alejandra Vicuña has a clean past and has been trained as a socialist,” he said.
On the economic side he said that unemployment has fallen from 5.2% to 4.6% and that this year they have stabilized the deficit.
When referring to his offer of 325 thousand homes, he indicated that 190 thousand will be delivered for free. “This moment 20 thousand homes are being built,” he added.
He announced that this week the “technical person” will be appointed to the IESS Board of Directors. And he defended the management of Richard Espinosa.
“I have stated that we will choose the best men (for the Council of Transitory Citizen Participation) … For this we will ask that social groups propose names … I have no interest in controlling it “. Lenin Moreno,President (I)