On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, President Lenin Moreno referred to the latest processes that have been followed in the National Assembly: the dismissal of José Serrano from the Presidency and the appearance of the prosecutor Carlos Baca Mancheno. “I remind the ladies and gentlemen legislators that the country is waiting for the elements denounced in the hearings to follow due process and investigation so that these situations are clarified in a complete and definitive way.
“We need to restore confidence in morals and public ethics!” Said the President of the Legislative and the Prosecutor were called to the Plenary of the Assembly for the unveiling that Baca made of the recording of an audio between Serrano and Carlos Polit, ex-outspoken fugitive from Justice Regarding the political situation, Moreno ended his message saying: “I know that the Assembly will use the dialogue to agree, to select its best representatives in the different dignities.”
At noon on Wednesday, the legislators will choose Serrano’s successor Three candidates met until the afternoon of March 12: Mae Montaño (I think), Elizabeth Cabezas (AP) and René Yandún (BIN) .In addition, during his informative space, the Head of State Several topics on its link, including the Pacific Alliance, said that Chile and Peru invited the country to take part in the summit. “This is an interesting regional integration initiative, which we are going to analyze carefully. Let’s not forget that we are observers of that process, “he said. During the television program, Moreno also referred to the economic situation of the country, to an audience he had with people involved in the 30s, to the Casa para todos plan, among others.
Unlike other Mondays, on March 12 President Lenin Moreno could not broadcast his program The Government Reports, because of a mishap in his return from Chile. On Sunday afternoon, Moreno informed, through his Twitter account, about “an apparent lack of pressure on the tires of the presidential plane.” For this reason, his aircraft had to land in the Chilean city of Antofagasta.
The President returned Monday night. Below is the textual statement by the President of the Republic Lenin Moreno of March 13, 2018 “Actions developed last week Last week we remembered the struggles of women for their right to life and equality. my wife Rocío, on Monday, in the traditional guard relay, we were accompanied by a hundred women from different sectors, to whom we expressed our admiration for their struggle, solidarity, courage and love, then inaugurated the exhibition “Human: Women in Ecuadorian Art “, Which includes the work of 26 plastic artists who have enriched the Ecuadorian culture We are proud of these creators! I invite everyone to visit the exhibition that covers the last hundred years of our plastic art, at the Government Palace week to renew commitments for an Ecuador free of gender violence Campaign “Be without violence” On the occasion of International Women’s Day, also with my wife Rocio, we launched the campaign “Be you without violence” so that all Ecuadorian women live in safe spaces. That they be free, economically autonomous, but, above all, happy. We have to change in our behavior. That the abuse, harassment, but also insults be banned, because all this is violence against women.
While I am President, I will support every initiative that empowers women and breaks with any macho, violent or discriminatory expression or gesture. We will fight, without rest, for equality and nonviolence and this must be a commitment of all. Let’s eradicate, once and for all, the violence of our country!
You know that our priority is the generation of employment. We have good news! Between January and February of this year, 124 thousand new contracts have been registered, hear me well. I repeat, 124 thousand new contracts are registered. This registration has the obligation to do the companies to the Ministry of Labor as soon as they hire a person. Then there is no room for error: 124 thousand labor contracts in the first two months of the year, especially in the fishing, aquaculture and construction sectors!
This is a strong signal of the economic reactivation that lives, without any doubt, the country. We have regained confidence, and we have put the economy in motion! I received the pleasant visit of high representatives of the Inter-American Development Bank: Rafael de la Cruz and James Scriven, who expressed the IDB’s interest in promoting investments for Ecuador. In addition, they gave us very good news for the country and that is that we extended the line of credit in USD 100 million. Designate the economist María Elsa Viteri, an experienced, honest woman, as the new Minister of Economy and Finance. I know her and I am sure that she will perform an excellent job in charge of that State Portfolio. I instructed him to continue with the national dialogue, welcoming the request of the productive sectors to postpone the presentation of the economic plan until the end of the month.
Entrepreneurs and industrialists have shown maturity, seriousness and patriotism. Thanks for that! This postponement is good because they analyzed in detail, together with the government team, the proposals of all sectors. We have taken note of the concerns and approaches. I want to be emphatic in this: as president of all Ecuadorians, I define the economic policy of the country! And you know, because you already know me, that you will always be thinking about the common good, the welfare of all workers, for a whole life.
Some involved in the case of September 30 asked to be received in audience. Listen carefully, and transfer the matter to the Legal Secretariat of the Presidency for the respective analysis and report. Higher Education There is good news for young people! We are fulfilling what is offered, generating more opportunities for them to study and prepare themselves to achieve their dreams! We have increased the offer of higher education by 40 percent!
Now the higher education system can accommodate, in this first cycle of 2018, about 130 thousand students, between public and private institutions. However, and pay attention to me guys: if they did not get a place this time, we will again do general leveling courses totally free.
Let no young man stay without fulfilling his dreams! “Woman example of a lifetime” My wife Rocio fulfilled an intense agenda. In addition to coordinating and leading events related to women’s rights, I encourage a large mobilization, with our ministerial cabinet and the “Las Manuelas” brigadists to recognize and celebrate the wiser and beloved women: our little old ladies. More than 150 receptions were held throughout the country. About 50 authorities, including ministers, secretaries of state, managers of public companies and governors, shared pleasant moments with all these women. It was a sign of gratitude to his legacy and our commitment because these are his best years.
Official visit to Chile
On Saturday morning I had the pleasure of unveiling the bust of Juan Montalvo, our great thinker, writer, philosopher and fighter for a critical society, constructive and free of tyrants. Later I witnessed the signing of the agreement between the Codelco company of Chile and our National Mining Company (Enami EP). We will continue with the mining project of Llurimagua. Of course, with absolute respect for life and the environment. Later I held meetings, both with my dear friend, outgoing President Michelle Bachelet, and with President-elect Sebastián Piñera. “House for All” Dear Ecuadorians, the plan “A Whole Life” seeks to guarantee a decent life for all. That is why we continue to promote the construction of housing for those who need it most.
This week, within our “Casa para Todos” mission, we will announce new credits from the National Finance Corporation (CFN) and the Banco del Pacifico. This is “CFN builds” and “My First Pacific Home” that alone in this 2018 will place more than USD 150 million each. With these lines of credit, small, medium and large builders will benefit, with interest rates and preferential terms.
We are sure that this will boost construction, generate employment and allow us to advance in that necessary and just goal, that we all have a decent home in Ecuador! It is important to emphasize that this money is intended for free homes that are given to the poorest and also for those who can pay some amount. Alliance of the Pacific Dear compatriots: this message was not shared yesterday because, as you know, I had to stay in Antofagasta (Chile) due to a fault in the tires of the presidential plane. In this friendly brother country I had the opportunity to greet my dear friend Michelle Bachelet, who left the government. We know that he will continue to reap deserved successes in his future life. With President-elect Sebastián Piñera, whom I met in his first presidency, we committed to maintain and deepen the bonds of friendship and cooperation between Chile and Ecuador. In that sense, he asked me to do – as soon as possible – a bi-national cabinet to draw these lines of joint work. On the other hand, both President Piñera and President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru were insistent in inviting Ecuador to be part of the Pacific Alliance. It is an interesting regional integration initiative, which we are going to analyze carefully. Let’s not forget that we are observers of that process.
Dismissal of the President of the Ecuadorian National Assembly, the last two weeks were difficult for our country, after the Attorney General made public a recording that involved important State authorities. The National Assembly called and listened, both to the Attorney General, and to the President of the Legislative Branch, and last Friday, I made a difficult decision-we understand-but necessary. We recognize that they have acted in a thoughtful, reflective manner, showing sensitivity to the claim of citizenship, that all acts that may affect democratic institutions and public ethics be investigated. Undoubtedly, this was another step to strengthen the institutions of the State and democracy, and we must respect it.
As president of the Alianza País Movement I have collected the proposals of its members and I support the decision of the bloc to have a representative in the Presidency of the Assembly, as the most voted and majority caucus. I appreciate the opinion of several legislators from other groups of the Assembly, who have recognized the legitimacy and relevance of the presidency being occupied by a member of Alianza Pals.
As president of that Movement, I congratulate the comrades because it is the first time in their party history that the legislators agree on a short list and support a name to preside over the Legislative Branch. On the other hand, I remind the ladies and gentlemen legislators that the country is waiting for the elements denounced in the hearings to follow due process and investigation so that these situations are completely and definitively clarified. We need to recover confidence in morals and public ethics! Council of Citizen Participation and Social Control in transition The Council of Citizen Participation took possession, named its authorities and agreed on the first resolutions.
Its operation is an important step for the democratic reinstitutionalization of our nation. On behalf of the country, I wish you many successes in your work that this will be – we are safe – straight, honest, fair and transparent. Message Compatriots, we are making our way. We are building a decent, supportive, hopeful Ecuador. We have seen that dialogue is possible. We are verifying that we can agree, that we must remain united to leave a better Ecuador to future generations.
I know that the Assembly will use the dialogue to agree, to select its best representatives in the different dignities. To parley, which according to the Royal Academy means: to start conversations. To try to adjust the peace or to settle any difference. We are cleaning up politics, because truth and transparency are imposed in every act and resolution that affects the Homeland. Have a happy week! Good night”. (I)