Weekly Report - 09 March 2023 (WR-23-10)

ECUADOR: Lasso’s weakness exposed as impeachment grows more likely

Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso is staring down the barrel of a second impeachment trial, in which the odds would be stacked heavily against him. On 4 March the national assembly overwhelmingly voted to approve a report recommending the launch of impeachment proceedings due to Lasso’s alleged failure to prevent corruption in his government. With an impeachment motion likely to be submitted imminently, his best hopes for political survival lie with either the constitutional court or a constitutional mechanism known as the ‘muerte cruzada’, which would enable him to dissolve the legislature and convene snap general elections.

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