The National Assembly approved last night with 77 votes the resolution in which demands the resignation of the Vice President of the Republic, María Alejandra Vicuña. While 24 legislators Alliance PAIS (AP) abstained.
The decision was made after the proposal presented by the legislator Fabricio Villamar, from the ranks of CREO, on the morning of Thursday, November 29,prior to the beginning of the parliamentary session.
The political forces of the Assembly, with the exception of Alianza PAIS, approved the change of agenda to include in the debate the proposal against the Vice President. In addition to the letter of resignation, the proposal includes the publication of the resolution in the newspapers with the largest circulation nationwide.
It establishes that Article 233 of the Constitution establishes that “no public servant or servant shall be exempt from liability for acts performed in the exercise of their functions and shall be responsible for the management and administration of funds, assets or public resources.” It also notes that Article 24 of the Public Service Law prohibits soliciting, accepting or receiving, in any way, gifts, rewards, gifts or contributions for himself orhis subordinates. It also refers to the report of the television channel Teleamazonas on the alleged commission of the offense by the Second President when she was an Assemblywoman asking for contributions from her former collaborator ÁngelSagbay Mejía.
The law establishes rules for contributors and those who direct political organizations about the resources received. The ex-adviser’s complaint indicates that he must necessarily contribute to the Alianza Bolivariana Alfarista (ABA) movement,first, with $ 300 per month for one year; and then, as a level 1 advisor, with$ 1,400.
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The deposits would have reached close to $ 20,000 in the current account, whose owner is María Alejandra Vicuña. The Second President, in statements made on November 27, maintained that the accusations were an infamy and that the contributions for the political organizations constituted a duty as militants,however, according to the motion for resolution did not present the evidence of disclaimer.
It was recalled that the Electoral Organic Law (Code of Democracy) establishes that contributions to political organizations by their affiliates or adherents,must be periodically recorded in the accounts of the organization, but not deposited into personal accounts of the adherents, affiliates or leaders of the political organization.
Hence,the resolution includes that the act is configured in the crime of concussion,typified in Article 281 of the Organic Comprehensive Criminal Code (COIP) which states that public servants who order or demand contributions salaries or bonuses not due will be sanctioned with deprivation of 3 to 5 years.
In the document that Villamar presented, there was the support of legislators from the Social Christian, National Integration, SUMA blocks and even a Citizen Revolution rubric.
Villamar argued that not only the required signatures exist, but the evidence for apossible political impeachment against the Vice President, which included 58signatures of support.
However,Villamar warned of a setback in this process, since there is no Constitutional Court in the country.
According to the Constitution, this body must issue a report on the viability ofcensor ship. Villamar’s initiative to include his proposal in the agenda had the favorable vote of 87 legislators. The Alianza PAIS bench abstained, including the president of the Assembly, Elizabeth Cabezas. (I)