The Vice President of the Republic, Otto Sonnenholzner, makes an evaluation of the election results. He says that we went from polarization to fragmentation and that because of the fragmentation of candidates, anyone could win. On the results of “correísmo” indicates that two years ago he had 60% and now 15%. He also talks about the achievements in his one hundred days of management.
Is the government surprised by the results of the election? Alianza PAIS (AP) disappeared from the electoral map?
We are clear that this is the government of a country, not a party, that is an important difference. If we want full democracy, governments must remain on the sidelines, as we did, in the electoral process. Whether that affected AP or not is an AP issue that should be addressed at that level.
When will the Government plan to meet with the winners?
It has been spoken with some already, the president and I … must be individual with some authorities to know what their projects are and what we can help.
Are you surprised that in Pichincha and Manabí the movement led by former President Rafael Correa won?
What happens is that the fragmentation is such that we go from polarization to fragmentation, which in many places of the country you are mayor with 18%. Really, it’s no surprise that anyone wins. What about Quito, I do not think it’s a surprise, in Quito it was for anyone also the choice.
Is it a sample of the leaderships that remains in Ecuador, whether they are there or not, like Rafael Correa or Jaime Nebot?
Abdalá Bucaram was a politician in 1996 until 2006, ten years, without being in the country as well … what happens is that in their case (Citizen’s Revolution) they go from 60% to 15% nationally. .. the correísmo, in two years … One is the result of the correísmo with government and another is without government. As simple as that, under equal conditions, they are a political force.
In Guayaquil, Guayas and other cantons, the Social Christian Party is strengthened. What do you think?
We are ready to collaborate with them too, why not. That is how he chose Guayas. (Also) they lost spaces they had for years, like El Oro.
In some cases, the results cannot be read as a rejection to the Government?
(AP has) 50 mayors, between alliances and their own. Also, without campaigning, the president and I have not participated in any way.
Let’s move on to his management. What have been the results of austerity in the Vice Presidency?
The personnel has dropped by 40%, the vehicles went from 50 to 14, one of the two buildings we delivered, commercial flights and with few officials … That is saving us a million dollars … we continue adjusting.
What are the results of international meetings?
I have been in Brazil for the change of command, in Bogotá for the support of the cadets for the attack, in Seville for a sustainable development conference and in Germany, where I had meetings on cooperation issues …
In the reorganization by sectoral cabinets, what exactly is their role?
I am in charge of being a kind of facilitator-coordinator with the six cabinets. My goal is for things to happen, for problems to be solved and for projects to be carried out. (I)