The Alianza PAIS bloc discussed today at a workshop, those lines on the transitional provision for the amendment of reelection. The result of this analysis shall be included in the final report for the second and final debate on the 16 amendments to the Constitution.
President Rafael Correa proposed in his last weekly address that he and the lawmakers who have served two terms, are excluded from the next national elections in 2017.
That argument has three aspects in the legislative bloc. Some opt for the reelection of all authorities, without exception. Others, however, believe that they must wait a period to launch again the candidatures of the president and parliamentarians.
While a third group agrees that any public official, including representatives of local governments are re-elected. The Guayaquil Assemblyman, Gaston Gagliardo, who has served for eight years in the legislature, says it is a subject of analysis. He believes that the rule should be extended to regional governments. “Then, we will heal. It shall be decided by consensus. But I’m not desperate or worried,” he said to Daily Expreso.
His colleague Raul Abad, who has also eight years in his seat, fully agrees with the transitory provision. For the opposition, delaying the effect of indefinite reelection is a strategy of the head of state. The leader of the coalition Compromiso Ecuador, Cesar Monge, reiterated that the amendments to the Constitution and now the transitory provision “are illegal, unfair and unconstitutional.”