The Government of Ecuador rejected the decision of the Constitutional Court that issued this Wednesday a ruling to initiate an impeachment trial of President Guillermo Lasso, in the National Assembly (Congress), for alleged corruption offenses.
The Government’s reaction was made known through a statement issued by the General Secretariat of Communication of the Presidency after the Court’s ruling at the end of an extraordinary session.
“We reject the impeachment, respect the decision of the Court, and ratify the innocence of the president,” the statement said.
It added that “even though we do not agree with the Constitutional Court’s decision, we respect the admissibility ruling on the impeachment trial of the president of the Republic, Guillermo Lasso, requested by the National Assembly.”
“This decision, in no way, validates the arguments raised by the Legislature against the president,” the text stressed.
It complemented that the approach of the Assembly never had and never will have any legal or political support since the document requesting the impeachment trial has undergone several changes and countless errors.
“The inconsistencies in the arguments of this trial will not end our vision of serving each of you, Ecuadorians,” the statement concluded.
On Wednesday night, with six votes in favor of nine judges, the Constitutional Court presented a favorable report of “admissibility” to the request for impeachment of Lasso sent by the Assembly, which could end with the censure and removal of the president, who is less than two years in power.
Lasso has denied the accusations and considered these allegations an attempt to destabilize his Government.