Around15 authorities, including former ministers and Alianza PAIS (AP) Assembly men who were very close to former President Rafael Correa, have left the cabinet and expanded cabinet of President Lenin Moreno, a year and a half.
The causes have been diverse: dismissal by replacement or criminal prosecution a sin the case of former Vice President Jorge Glas, voluntary resignation due to political differences or by simple replacement.
During the year and a half of management, this is the second occasion in which Moreno requests the resignation of all the ministers. The first was made days before a year of government, on May 9 this year.
At that time, Juan Sebastián Roldán, the president’s private secretary, said that the objective was to evaluate each official, with management criteria and apolitical role.
The second request to resign from the cabinet was announced after the resignation of Fander Falconí to the Ministry of Education, with criticism of the 2019budget pro forma for the reduction of resources for education. Falconí was headof the Secretariat of Planning in the Correa government.
The Government’s argument was also an “evaluation”, which will last until the end of the year and from which only Richard Martinez, Economy Minister, and José Valencia, Chancellor, have been saved so far, who were ratified a few daysafter the ad.
Before Falconí, he also went of his own accord, in August of this year, who was the nexus between the AP block and the Correa government, in the 2008 Constituent:Augusto Barrera. And he did it saying that “the environment of the president (Moreno) was modified.”
Falconí and Barrera were not the only ones who came out showing some disagreement.Three months after the Moreno government was installed, three officials who were also key leaders in the time of Correa resigned: Virgilio Hérnandez, Ricardo Patiño and Paola Pabón.
“Our position as militants obliges us to leave our function in this Government,” Pabón said then, a position that marked the rupture of the A Pand the legislative bloc in Correistas and Morenistas.
From the time of Correa, still remain characters as Paul Granda, delegate of the Executive in the IESS; Verónica Espinosa, Minister of Health; and Lorena Tapia,the main authority in the Galapagos.
Pabel Muñoz, current Correista Assemblyman, said that the Government, more than”deregulated”, “straightened” a long time ago and that thisis reflected in the changes and in the urgent economic laws sent and in the proforma 2019.
Muñoz criticizes the role of ex-offenders who, before leaving the current government,made “mutis por el foro” when Moreno questioned the construction of millennium schools or large hospitals. “They basically devoted themselvesto speaking badly about all sectors …”
Others such as Miguel Carvajal, Diego Martinez, Patricio Rivera and Rosana Alvarado,ex-officers of Correa, left the current regime in silence.
Ximena Peña, assembly member who aligned himself with Moreno, points out that there is”concern” for the few colleagues in the movement in the cabinet; but consider that the renewal can be positive. “You cannot say that because there are people from other sectors, it’s a right-wing government.”
Resignation of former correista vice president
María Alejandra Vicuña became the last face of the ex-employees of Rafael Correa wholeaves the government of Lenin Moreno. She resigned as vice president in the middle of an investigation into allegedly improper charges when she was an assembly member. (I)