The National Assembly of Ecuador today chose Elizabeth Cabezas, option of the governing group Alianza País, as their president to replace José Serrano, dismissed on Friday after a political trial following a recording allegedly conspiring against the attorney general.
The new president of the legislature had the support of 84 votes in favor, two against, 0 blank and 20 abstentions, the legislator of AP won the support of her caucus, PSC, SUMA and BIN, and several deputies who were absent from the House that were elected as assembly members of Alianza País but are now linked to the Citizen Revolution group.
After the vote, which responded by a motion raised by Assemblyman Fernando Burbano, of the liberal coalition CREO-SUMA, Cabezas, 54, proceeded to swear his position as the new president of the National Assembly.
In a vehement and emotional speech after taking office, the new head of the Ecuadorian legislature said to take on “a new challenge at the highest political level.” And she called on the assembly members gathered in the plenary to recover the “vision of the country of the Ecuadorian political class” so that “we can all take it forward.”
Faced with the confrontation, she advocated: “Add and not subtract, multiply instead of divide”.
She said that the Andean nation faces “a political uncertainty” and “a series of threats on the horizon” and added that “Ecuador needs to move forward, recover the faith, hope, optimism that was stolen from us”.
The assemblywoman for the province of Pichincha and native of Riobamba, was one of the first policies within the ruling bloc that supported the president, Lenin Moreno, in his popular consultation held on 4 February.
She served as councilor of the Municipality of Quito between August 2009 and December 2013.
She was also undersecretary general of the Office of the Vice President when Jorge Glas held the position, between April 2015 and November 2016, and between December 2013 and March 2015 she served as advisor to former President Rafael Correa, as general coordinator of compliance with the Agenda Territorial.
Among other public positions, she was undersecretary of the Ministry of Coordination and Social Development, where she was responsible for the development, planning and execution of economic inclusion programs, and minister in charge of that portfolio.
BA in Economics from the Catholic University of Guayaquil, has an MBA from the International University of Catalonia, and was a fellow of the State of Israel and the Japanese Cooperation. (I)