President Guillermo Lasso ordered the implementation of article 148 of the Constitution. “It gives back to the Ecuadorian people the possibility of deciding,” he said.
The president of Ecuador, William Lasso, is in the midst of a political crisis and faces a possible dismissal, which is why he decreed this Wednesday the dissolution of Congress and the holding of early elections. It is in this context that he used the resource of “cross death”, for which he was ordered “dissolve the National Assembly due to a serious political crisis and internal commotion”.
Lasso is immersed in a political trial due to the realization of a contract with the public oil company Flopec and that, according to the Comptroller’s Office, caused the country a loss of about US$6.1 million.
“It is a democratic decision not only because it is constitutional, but because it gives back to the Ecuadorian people the possibility of deciding,” he said on national television.
In this way, the electoral body must call elections legislative and presidential elections within seven days after the publication of the decree of dissolution in the Official Gazette.
Political crisis in Ecuador: what is the “cross death”
This is a measure stipulated in article 148 of the 2008 constitution, which consists of the renewal of all institutions: both the presidency and Parliament.
The “cross death” is contemplated as an emergency measure that consists of the early termination of the period of office of the holders of the executive and legislative powers.
This is how the Head of State has the power to dissolve the Assembly in case of “serious political crisis” and “internal commotion” in Ecuador, with a subsequent call for elections.
Although the tool generates controversy in the Ecuadorian political environment and a sector considers that it is a hyper-presidential measure that could aggravate the crisis, he The President has the power to carry it out in pursuit of governance from the country.