The Ecuadorian president ordered the implementation of the “cross death”, a tool that allows the dissolution of Congress and the call for early elections.
Legislative and presidential elections in Ecuador will take place on August 20, after the president William Lasso order the “cross death”, a political tool that dissolves Parliament and calls for elections anticipated across the country.
One day after the measure taken by Lasso, the head of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Diana Ataimanannounced the new dates, which will include a possible second round on October 15.
“In a normal process only the qualification of the candidacies takes about 40 daysthe electoral campaign cannot exceed 45 days and the debates are held three weeks before the elections,” explained the head of the CNE.
However, the deadlines were not officialized since they are not within those agreed in the electoral process of Ecuador, for which “it is already working on the creation of a specific regulation”.
The governance crisis in Ecuador arose after the complaints and subsequent impeachment against President Lasso, within the framework of a trade agreement signed before he assumed the presidency, even with reports that showed harm to the State.
The contract for the transportation of crude oil with the international group Amazonas Tanker it left losses of more than US$6 million. In this context, the president is being tried for the alleged crime of embezzlement of public funds and the leftist opposition is aiming for his dismissal.
Lasso’s “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.