Posted On 06 Sep 2017
After the possibility of a referendum, the opposition supports the idea and proposes a list of issues that could be addressed. Instead, legislators of the Alianza PAIS ruling party are more cautious and expect that President Lenin Moreno defines the contents. However, they were emphatic in pointing out that they will not allow a retrocession in rights. If
the President calls a referendum, Alianza PAIS will also propose topics, although it has not anticipated any yet.
During his weekly address, Moreno added that the people “must pronounce on the changes that must be introduced to guarantee a full democracy, without autocracy and with transparency that ensures the control of the state apparatus.”
About 15 political and social organizations support, so far, a potential referendum. Among the priorities is the elimination of indefinite re-election and the Council for Citizen Participation and Social Control (CPCCS for its Spanish acronym).
The opposition proposes to remove the CPCCS officials from office. In this group are the Attorney General, superintendents, members of the National Electoral Council (CNE), the Comptroller General (former Comptroller General Carlos Pólit is a fugitive from justice), among others.
The reason? Acts of corruption, legal interference, embezzlement, illicit association by the judicial authorities in power.
In a real democracy the executive, legislative and juridical powers are independent. Montesquieu already said in 1748 in “The Spirit of Laws.” (I)