Obstacles of different nature and dimension on the road. The process of “re-institutionalization” that the current authorities say the country is living is not exempt from criticism, misgivings and shocks such as those that begin to jump in some functions with transitory authorities.
The most recent episode is the struggle in the Council of the Judiciary (CJ) which, although it started internally several weeks ago, was made public last Tuesday, given the difficulty of containing it for longer, due to the seriousness of the accusations.
The general director of the agency in charge, Juan Vizueta, faces an investigation for supposed interference in the justice. He says that behind this process there is a persecution against him for reporting acts of corruption.
Their main detractors, Angélica Porras and Juan Pablo Albán, also say that they are fighting corruption regardless of whether this affects the members of the CJ and its directors.
“We cannot ignore that in the Ecuadorian justice of the last years as well as there was interference, there was also corruption and both must be fought with force before and now,” said Porras.
But the obstacles do not have their origin in the agencies in charge. Six months ago, the president of the transitory Participation Council, Julio César Trujillo, told EXPRESO that one of the biggest difficulties was convincing people to get involved in this transitory process. “We almost have to pray to people we consider valuable to accept responsibility functions,” he said.
Two more trips have been registered in the designation of superintendents replacing those dismissed by the Participation Council. In the case of the Superintendence of Market Control Power, the postulates in the first list sent by President Lenin Moreno were discarded and the president had to send a second proposal, last week.
Xavier Arboleda excused himself, on September 5, to accept the order of the Superintendence of Territorial Planning, citing “personal reasons and commitments previously acquired in the professional and academic field.”
The political analyst Gustavo Isch believes that a new element would be added to the complicated path that the institutional transition has had to travel. He questions that in the first selection to form the definitive National Electoral Council there are too many people who, according to their criteria, were close to the previous government or are part of questioned political organizations.
Isch said that in the process of change, such as those proposed by President Lenin Moreno, it is difficult to predict the difficulties that are appearing along the way, but acknowledged that it has been more complex than the citizens imagined.
Although there is talk of strong arguments inside, in the plenary session of the Council of Transitional Participation the discrepancy of criteria has also been evidenced. Most notably, Xavier Zavala, who has opposed several proposals such as the start of the evaluation of the Constitutional Court.
The Participation Council and other bodies, such as the National Assembly, completed an international journey defending before organizations such as the Organization of American States (OAS) the process of institutional reform carried out in the country since May 24, 2017.
Participación Ciudadana (citizen participation) today plans to take over Alfredo Neira as Superintendent of Territorial Planning in charge of the refusal to assume the position of Xavier Arboleda. In addition, it will analyze the report on the candidates to form the final National Electoral Council. (I)