There are not two, but four commissions. With functions defined by presidential decree and high citizen acceptance (according to a survey), the Vice President of the Republic, Otto Sonnenholzner, starts his second week in office.
The document signed by President Lenin Moreno was officially published on Friday night, although the president himself had said on Wednesday, December 19, that it was signed and ready for publication.
Last week Sonnenholzner summarized his functions in the coordination of the six sectoral cabinets that the government will create and the support and strengthening of the national dialogue that the regime has been promoting for 18 months.
But in the decree there are two more commissions and all actions taken around them “must be coordinated with the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic and its compliance will report quarterly to the President of the Republic,” he specified.
But the absences of President Moreno have led Sonnenholzner to take the baton in two events far from his commissions. On December 15, while the first president was in China and Qatar on official visit, the vice president became the official spokesman after an earthquake that had its epicenter in Quinindé, Esmeraldas, and felt in other provinces.
And this weekend was attentive to the actions to mitigate the effects of the strong waves that affected, above all, the coastal towns of Esmeraldas.
In these 15 days he has also participated in meetings with the rectors of the country’s universities to analyze the draft regulation of the Higher Education Law and the donation of $ 6 million for the León Becerra Hospital in Guayaquil, which the vice president attributed to dialogue, which is a “mechanism to solve common problems”.
Sonnenholzner starts his functions with better approval figures than its predecessors, according to data revealed at the weekend by the polling company Cedatos.
A study conducted in 17 cities of the Coast, Sierra and Amazon, in which 1,990 respondents participated, revealed that 65.7% approve that the Assembly has designated it from the list sent by President Moreno. 34.3% disagreed.
Cedatos recalled that former Vice President Jorge Glas Espinel, now deprived of his freedom due to a case of illicit association, took office in May 2017 with an approval of 38% and left with 18%.
While María Alejandra Vicuña registered in February a 33% approval of her management and left the vice presidency, in the middle of an investigation for the supposed crime of concussion, with 9.2% of citizen support. (I)