It took no more than a quarter of an hour for the National Assembly to dispatch the Vice President of the Republic. Enough time to read the text of her resignation (which ostensibly disregarded all), move their acceptance and count the votes. The proponent of the motion, Eliseo Azuero (BIN), called for a summary vote “in homage to Quito, which is celebrating.” And so it was done: 94 in favor of 94 registered to vote.
Deceptive unanimity: 27 correístas were present in the room but they did not register and they appear, in the official count, as absent. Symbolic gesture of protest that the block applied throughout the day. Ronny Aleaga had arrived loaded with awad of little signs that he distributed among his people: “Jorge Glas Espinel, constitutional vice president of the Republic elected by the people. #Political Prisoner of this government. ” The correístas placed the proclamation at the top of their seats, marking the territory of their planet apart, a planet where Jorge Glas is still vice president and there is no resignation to accept anyone.
The Correistas, it is true, were excluded yesterday from the beginning. When the Minister of Government, María Paula Romo, arrived with the purpose of officially handing over the list of candidates for the vice presidency and meeting with the bloc’s leaders, the bench of the Citizen’s Revolution was not invited to the meeting. At least that is what his coordinator, Cristóbal Lloret, said. Romo remained in the legislative seat from ten fifteen until twelve. His presence delayed the session in more than an hour. However, nothing was known about the talks.
In the plenary hall, the correístas gorged themselves with little signs and those of CREO shouted Viva Quito, applauded as in the neighborhood cinemas when the screening was delayed and they laughed with the bellowing of seals thrown by Washington Paredes, who learned to imitate the bug when I was a tour guide in his native province of Galapagos.
President Elizabeth Cabezas took time to offer a forgettable press conference in order to tell the world that she had just returned from Washington, where she ful filleda “very important” agenda in an international meeting “of women leaders”. An encounter that had not been heard in this room and will not be spoken of again. Then he said what everyone already knew: that Maria Paula Romo had come to deliver the triple. That the Assembly has 15 days to choose a name. That surely will do much sooner.
At the beginning of the session there were two debate proposals related to corruption,launched by CREO. One was approved and was to be dealt with in the near future:the proposal of Fernando Callejas to urge the president to conform to an anti-corruption committee with the participation of the United Nations. The other, by Byron Suquilanda, did not have the support of the ruling party and was rejected: to institute December 13, date in which Jorge Glas fell into disgrace, as the national day of the fight against corruption. In both the correístas they declared themselves absent.
Then he turned to the case of Sofia Espin: there was a court order for the Assembly to allow the criminal prosecution of the deposed correísta. It was resolved to return the office to its sender because the aforesaid ceased to be a legislator and the Assembly has nothing to authorize in this regard. On this occasion, the Correistas did vote. Against, with all the fury of his red heart.
The earthquake continues
A Law of Solidarity and Citizen Co-Responsibility for the Reconstruction of the areas affected by the earthquake was approved with 95 of 97 votes. With this are two laws passed this week: the other is that of the Ombudsman’s Office. The legislative agenda advances.
New vice president
The Plenary will decide this Tuesday on the short list sent yesterday by President Moreno for the second executive dignity of the country. (I)