Yesterday, Assemblywoman Betty Amores announced her separation from Alianza País Movement. Her resignation was caused by her disagreement with the referendum called by the Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, because according to her it violates eight fundamental principles of the Constitution and 37 rules of the Judicial Civil Code related to: independence, impartiality, and competence of state functions.
The resignation led to a reaction from President Rafael Correa, who said: “I am glad about it… Several months ago I asked the block to separate two Assembly members from the party because of their incompetence, because they are opportunistic, they have bad faith, for having an own agenda… they never were organic… In my opinion, for those who want to go, now is the time, every revolution has its traitors. We will see who is who, and this is just the beginning, you will see that there will be more opportunistic; I am not sure if another one from the block, but ministers resentful with the project.”
In a press conference, Amores criticized the questions of the referendum and also blamed the General Attorney, Washington Pesántez, for being the author of questions 4 and 5 that are related with the dissolution of the Judiciary Council and
as its replacement the creation of a Transitional Technical Commission for public tender in order to select the new Council judge. In her opinion the intention is to block the merits and opposition contest to select the new candidate for the General Attoney position.
Amores believe that there will be a “serious constitutional problem” if the Court approves the questions and the “YES” wins in the referendum.